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OPP caution drivers of wildlife dangers

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The OPP is reminding motorists to be vigilant of wildlife this time of the year when travelling on the highways.

Officials say that in the Nipissing West OPP’s detachment area alone, there have already been nine collisions involving wildlife since April 1. The collisions have occurred on highways 17, 64, 64, 144, 539, and 575 within Greater Sudbury, French River, Markstay-Warren, and West Nipissing.

The collisions, which happened during all hours of the day, involved either a deer, moose, or bear. Officials add there have been no injuries reported in any of the collisions.

Police say in one instance, an officer had to re-direct a moose off of the road and towards an opening of a gate.

Officials add that wildlife will venture close to the roadways as they search for new forage and road salt left from the winter. Once summer season starts and the bugs are out, they will often head for the open spaces for relief from the instincts.

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