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Use horn, headlights to avoid road kill, says MNR

Spring is not only an awakening for Mother Nature but for her creatures.

The MNR says beware of deer, small animals — and even bears emerging from hibernation.

The urge drivers to use their vehicle’s horn and their headlights at night to avoid causing road kill.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is asking motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads at this time of year when more wildlife is on the move.

Deer and moose are particularly active in the spring, especially at dawn and dusk, as they search for mates and food. Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.

Drivers who see these animals along the road should slow down and sound their horns in a series of short bursts.

At night, motorists should blink their headlights to warn the animals and give them a chance to move out of the way.

Motorists should take extra care where roads cross creeks or rivers, in wooded corridors, or where field edges run perpendicular to the road. They should also be cautious where fences meet roads and where deer crossing signs are posted.

The Ministry of Transportation’s ‘Watch For Wildlife’ website provides useful tips for motorists in Ontario and can be found at

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