VICTORIA, B.C. – Drivers across the province are advised to be careful of deer, elk, and moose while traveling as rutting season increases these animals’ activity.

Rutting season is the mating time for these animals and occurs from late October to December, with most of the activity seen in mid-November. During the rutting season, male deer show an increased interest in female deer and increased aggression toward other males, causing animals to move quickly with little to no regard for their surroundings.

Travellers on highways across the province are reminded to pay extra attention, especially when driving at dusk, dawn, and night hours, as this is when these animals are most active.

Some tips for avoiding deer-vehicle collisions are:

You can learn more about the rutting season on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website.