City seeks to cut collisions with deer


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WINNIPEG wants to develop a strategy to reduce the number of motor-vehicle collisions that involve deer.

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WINNIPEG wants to develop a strategy to reduce the number of motor-vehicle collisions that involve deer.

On Tuesday, city council’s public works committee approved a plan to work with Manitoba Public Insurance to develop a strategy to reduce the number of vehicles that collide with deer.

MPI statistics show an average of 410 vehicles collide with deer in Winnipeg every year. A city report says a recent MPI study found an increase in deer collisions inside Winnipeg between 2006 and 2009. Collision data shows streets on the perimeter of the city in Charleswood, St. Norbert and Transcona have the highest number of deer crashes.

Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt said he would like to see Winnipeg investigate solutions other than posting warning signs. Wyatt said many of the roadways where deer collisions occur have speed limits that reach 70 to 80 km/h, and reducing speed limits could be an option. He said the city could also consider erecting fences in some areas to control the movement of wildlife, as is done in national parks.

“We have signage in a lot of places but it’s clearly not working when the hits are over 400 and the near-misses more,” Wyatt said. “I think they should look at different options.”

A Manitoba Conservation spokeswoman said it’s believed the deer population in Winnipeg has remained stable since an estimate found there are about 1,000 deer within city limits in 2006.

MPI spokesman Brian Smiley said the Crown insurer will launch a public awareness campaign about deer collisions in early October, as October and November are the worst months of the year for crashes involving wildlife. Across Manitoba, an average of 1,400 vehicles collide with wildlife in October, and an average of 1,600 crashes are recorded every November.

Overall, about 10,000 wildlife collisions are reported every year in Manitoba, and about 6,500 involve deer.

Smiley said MPI plans to roll out a public education campaign and post new signs in areas prone to deer crashes. Winnipeg police will do speed enforcement in trouble spots. He said the idea is to educate drivers on how they can reduce their risk of hitting an animal.

Smiley said the majority of deer hits in Winnipeg are in the Charleswood area.

“We know that deer is an issue,” he said. “Shaftesbury, Grant, Wilkes, Sturgeon, Saskatchewan — those are areas we’d consider hot zones.”

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