Airdrie RCMP confirmed that earlier this week, on the evening of Monday, November 20, police responded to a vehicle collision involving a deer.

According to witnesses, the collision occurred northbound on the QEII near Airdrie. Witnesses reported fire trucks had attended the scene along with an ambulance. It wasn't immediately clear what kind of injuries were sustained by the driver of the vehicle, though some motorists reported seeing an individual with what appeared to be minor injuries.

"There was slight property damage... and unfortunately the deer had to be humanly euthanized as per ethical standards," an Airdrie RCMP spokesperson confirmed in an email.

According to the Alberta Motor Association (AMA), November is the peak month for wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) in Alberta, with deer representing about 80 per cent of those incidents.

AMA statistics also cite that, five Albertans were killed in collisions involving a moose between July 19 and Aug. 3, 2020.

"In Alberta, animal-involved collisions are second only to hail as a leading cause of comprehensive damage claims to vehicles. They’re also among the most expensive, with the average claim topping $8,000."

According to Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, from mid-September through mid-November, collisions with wildlife normally increase since animals start to rut or mate.

"The highest risk period for wildlife collisions is October through January, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m."

In order to avoid collisions with animals, it's important to watch for the shining eyes or silhouette of an animal at night and use high beams when safe to do so. One should also slow down if an animal is on or near the road and be prepared to stop.

"Their behaviour can be unpredictable. Look for more than one animal - some travel in groups. Brake firmly if an animal is in your path, and don't swerve to avoid it. Don't throw food or food wrappers out of your vehicle as this attracts animals."

You can also call 310-0000 to reach the nearest fish and wildlife office in cases where an animal is injured and unable to move or poses a threat to public safety.  You can also call the 24/7 Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

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