As we bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issues a crucial reminder for drivers. With the shift in time, wildlife activity on state roads surged, heightening the risk of collisions. According to CHP and UC Davis Road Ecology Center data, in 2019 alone, over 2,000 collisions led to nearly 400 injuries, costing a staggering $250 million.
The Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Coordinator for the CDFW reminds you that while on the roads, exercise caution, especially with the heightened movement of large species like deer and elk during their mating season. Officials say you can prevent collisions by staying vigilant, slowing down, and following safety tips to protect yourself and wildlife.