By Sarah Klein
Vehicle-deer collisions are the worst in the eastern Manitoba region, according to new data released Monday by Manitoba Public Insurance.
The public auto insurer says there are about 1,600 collisions in the area annually, which includes Steinbach, Lac du Bonnet, Anola, the Birds Hill Park area and Falcon Lake.
Statistic were collected by MPI from 2007 to 2013 to arrive at the data, placing the Eastman region ahead of Westman, the Interlake, Pembina Valley and City of Winnipeg for yearly collisions with the species.
October and November are said to be the two worst months for collisions with deer, so motorists are encouraged to use extra caution.
Top 5 deer/vehicle collision regions:
- Eastman Region, 1,600 yearly collisions
- Westman, 1,500 yearly collisions
- Interlake, 1,100 yearly collisions
- Pembina Valley, 600 yearly collisions
- City of Winnipeg, 600 yearly collisions
MPI said wildlife-related collisions accounted for 300 people being injured last year. Seven people have been killed in the last 10 years in crashes caused by an animal on the road.