Ontario Car Accidents from collisions with Moose

Just about every day in Northern Ontario, there is an accident involving a moose. When you get into an accident with a moose, you might as well drive into a brick wall. Moose in Ontario can get over 1500 pounds and a fender-bender is not the result, death or extreme injury for the occupants of the car is the result.

Two Worst Times

In April to May, just after the snow is gone, Moose come out to the side of the roads to lick minerals and salts that were left when sand and salt was dropped on the roads during icy conditions. New grasses also grow earlier on the side of the roads due to more sunlight. This is a very dangerous time for moose accidents.

Then there is a second danger time, which is when the Mosquitoes and Black Flies hatch. The extreme amount of biting bugs forces the moose out of the bush. Depending on the weather, the main bug hatches can happen from the end of May to the end of June. Weather conditions can also product secondary hatches of biting bugs if it's a wet summer.

What can you do to prevent Moose collisions?

  • Don't speed
  • Slow down at night or during foggy conditions. Try to avoid driving at night.
  • Always keep your eyes focused for any kind of movement on the side of the road
  • Slow down around sharp curves
  • Slow down when passing large rock faces where a moose can run out from behind
  • Keep your interior lights off
  • Make sure your headlights are clean and bright
  • Stop driving if you are sleepy
  • Don't drink any alcohol at all
  • Drive like you expect to hit a moose

    Animal Accident Statistics

    Between 1988 and 2000, there were 90,313 motor vehicle accidents involving wild animals in Ontario. The 3,991 wildlife accidents of 1988 has risen to a record high of 10,388 in 2000. Over the 12-year period, 4,813 wildlife accidents resulted in personal injury and 57 human fatalities.

    Below is what is left after a baby Moose (calf) was hit by a car. I have pictures of other accidents but they are just too gory to show.