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The cool days of autumn are rapidly approaching and this means that Saskatchewan wildlife soon will become more active. The potential for collisions between animals and vehicles on Saskatchewan highways dramatically increases during fall and early winter. The Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation wants to remind drivers of the potential for serious damage and serious harm in the event of a collision with a large animal such as a deer or moose. To reduce your chances of a collision, keep the following tips in mind: Scan the edges of the road for wildlife that is about to cross. Pay particular attention to areas where bushes or brush border the highway. Look for the reflection from their eyes. Do not assume that animals will get out of the way when you approach. Your headlights may be blinding them. Practice defensive driving by slowing down till you pass the area. Dusk and dawn are prime times for animals to move, so be extra cautious at these times. Try to slow down after dark. Many animals are hit because drivers are travelling too fast to avoid hitting them. Where there is one animal crossing, there are often more. Be aware that young animals follow their mothers, males may be pursuing mates and deer usually travel in small herds. Finally, if you do hit an animal, stop and use your hazard lights to warn other drivers. If possible, move the animal to the side of the road so that it is not a hazard to other drivers. Contact local police and advise them of your situation.