OHP says more accidents being caused by wildlife in roadways

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is asking drivers to be on high alert
after seeing an increase in vehicle collisions caused by wildlife.

"The car accidents that we do (see) involving livestock and wild animals... it does increase because of the colder weather."

Trooper, Walter Jack, says since animal behavior is so unpredictable, be extra cautious when you sight an animal near a roadway.

"Don't just presume that just because it's on the shoulder and it's not in your path right now, that it won't get there."

Carter County game warden, Jeremy Brothers, says with the cooler temperatures brings rutting -- or mating season for deer,
Meaning they'll be out in full force.

"From like right now through the next week or so, next ten days, that's when you're going to see the most deer getting ran over."

Jack says if you do have a collision with an animal, to activate your vehicle's hazard lights and call 911 or * 55 for assistance.

"If you do hit an animal and your vehicle is still drivable, you stop and you make sure that nobody is injured. Make sure that the animal is off the roadway as well."

Even if you don't need assistance, Brothers says it's illegal to take an animal off the roadway before contacting your local game warden.

"They don't have to report it by law. if it's a deer, for example, and they want to do something with the meat, they have to report that to the local game warden in the county that it happens in and get permission from them before they can legally posess that animal."

For game warden contact information, visit:

wildlifedepartment.com

or for Texas:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/


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