Watch out for wildlife; November is busiest month for animal collisions in Lane County

Watch out for wildlife; November is busiest month for animal collisions in Lane County
Posted on 10/25/2018

November is the month when drivers are most likely to collide with an animal in Lane County. Lane County Transportation Planning urges drivers to be aware of the increased danger and be vigilant when on the road.

 

“Drivers are typically much more cautious as the weather begins to turn to rain and fog, but most animal collisions have actually occurred in clear and dry conditions – so it’s important to stay alert at all times in all weather,” said Lane County Senior Transportation Planner Becky Taylor. “Slow down and keep scanning the area ahead of you for wildlife – including the roadsides.”

 

The most common times of day for animal collisions are the twilight hours when many animals are at their most active. This time of year, twilight falls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., as well as 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Seasonal migrations, mating periods, and hunting seasons can all cause more wildlife movement during this time of year.

 

Between 2013 and 2016, there were 79 animal collisions on Lane County roads officially reported to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Marcola Road had the most collisions (12), followed by 30th Avenue (4), Jasper-Lowell Road (4), and Row River Road (4). It is likely the numbers are much higher and that many collisions go unreported.