By Hayley Douglass
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish is urging motorists to drive more slowly this time of year. That's because it's a peak time for big game migration, and a peak time for wildlife-vehicle collisions. The department's Information Education Specialist Erin Smith says that as vegetation dries up for the winter, animals go down near roads for food where plants stay greener longer. Smith says the best way to prevent a collision is to be watchful and drive slow, especially in the early morning and at night.
If there's an animal on the road, you never know what it's going to do necessarily, it may run right to the direction you swerve or you can swerve into oncoming traffic so the best thing to do is just prevent collisions by traveling slow and being aware of your surroundings, she said.
Smith says the department sees the most accidents near Pinedale, Medicine Bow, and Lander. Two thousand collisions with animals were reported last year. Four of those were fatal.