Eastman Region worst in province for deer-vehicle collisions: Manitoba Public Insurance releases Top 5 list

The Eastman Region ─ which includes communities Steinbach, Lac du Bonnet, Anola, Birds Hill Park area and Falcon Lake ─ is the province’s No. 1 area for vehicle-deer collisions. There are about 1,600 collisions yearly within this region, based on statistics collected by Manitoba Public Insurance from 2007 to 2013.

Motorists are encouraged to exercise extra care and caution during October and November ─ the two worst months for deer-vehicle collisions.

Rounding out the province’s Top 5 deer/vehicle collision regions:

  • 1) Eastman Region, 1,600 yearly collisions
  • 2) Westman, 1,500 yearly collisions
  • 3) Interlake, 1,100 yearly collisions
  • 4) Pembina Valley, 600 yearly collisions
  • 5) City of Winnipeg, 600 yearly collisions

Overall, there are about 11,000 vehicle/wildlife collisions yearly in Manitoba. Collisions are most common during September to December. This four month period accounts for almost half (46 per cent) of the annual wildlife-related collisions.

November is the worst month for wildlife/vehicle collisions (1,600), followed by October (1,400).

Last year in Manitoba, 300 people were injured in wildlife-related collisions, according to Manitoba Public Insurance claims data. Over the last 10 years, seven people in Manitoba have been killed in crashes caused by an animal on a road.

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