Wildlife

Information on the work the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure does to improve wildlife safety and mitigation on our highways.

Winter Wildlife Watch: The Majestic Moose

The majestic moose is the second largest animal in B.C. and ranges through most of the province, with the exception of coastal areas and southern B.C.’s dry valleys. But it’s a regal beast you don’t want to get too close to. That’s why you’ll see moose warning signs posted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure along some stretches of highway. Weighing up to 600 kilograms and standing as tall as two metres high at the shoulder, moose are...

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Mooo-ving Along B.C. Highways

People drive all kinds of things on B.C. highways…cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans – even cattle! Ranchers sometimes need to move cattle across or on roads, so cows can be highway travellers too. To prevent cow-car collisions, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has procedures that help ranchers drive their herd safely to its destination. The rules take into account the safety of all hoofed and wheeled highway users, because they were developed by the ministry in consultation with the...

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Toads On The Road II – The Migration Returns

Toads On The Road II – The Migration Returns

Last year, we talked about a mass migration of toads that had to cross Highway 19 north of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Events like these are actually not uncommon in B.C., and in some areas they can happen several times a year. Like near Summit Lake on Highway 6, just southeast of Nakusp. Having to cross this highway just once would be challenging enough, but these toads actually make the trip three times in their life. They spend the...

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Six Ways to Steer Clear of Wildlife

Keeping an eye out for wildlife on the highway while you’re driving can prevent hazards to you both. And to help you in your travels, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how you can treat all of B.C.’s wild creatures with care and improve your safety while driving on the highway: Be extra careful in the early morning, or at dusk and during the night. These times are when animals are most likely to be on the road. Slow...

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Highway 97: Deer Dazzle for Safety

Most people in B.C. are familiar with the “leaping deer” depicted on provincial highway signs. But people travelling on Highway 97 south of Williams Lake and Quesnel may see deer signs with extra dazzle being tested in a pilot project by the ministry. Here, solar-powered LED lights that flash around the perimeter of six signs, are expected to make drivers extra aware that they are travelling through a stretch that’s highly popular with deer. The signs alert northbound and...

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National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

National Volunteer Week: Making a Difference

Much like a cold glass of lemonade after yet another spring cleaning completed, volunteering leaves us with a sense of satisfaction and purpose like no other. Refreshing! Better still, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure volunteers and partners get a chance to see others enjoy the fruits of their labours firsthand. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re taking a look back at some of the recent ways the ministry, local contractors and community partners have made, and continue to...

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3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

Fish and fowl in the Lower Mainland can flip, flop and flap for joy because of habitat enhancements being done at the Colony Farm Regional Park, one of many projects being undertaken as part of the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1). Although our focus is highway safety, the PMH1 project has given us some special opportunities to ‘branch out’ beyond the highway. The Colony Farm Restoration and Enhancement Project aims to restore tidal flows in the Wilson Farm...

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Clearing the Way after Mountain Pine Beetle

Yellowhead Highway in Smithers

The removal of Mountain Pine Beetle-killed trees from areas along the right of way on highways and other routes is now part of our annual project regime. This year approximately 40 kilometres of roadway along Highway 16 near Smithers BC were identified as having Mountain Pine Beetle-killed trees. Local hired equipment and hand fallers, hired to complete the work through the Ministry’s day labour program target and cut down identified dead and diseased trees. Trees are removed by machine...

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Licking Mineral Mitigation

Keeping wildlife safe

You hear a lot about how we’re trying to make the roads safer for people. But what about animals? Well, it turns out we’re doing a lot there, too. It’s a challenge, but it’s one we take seriously, and we work with university professors, wildlife biologists and other industry leaders to come up with new ideas. Like fencing off mineral licks, for example. These licks are just areas in the soil that have high levels of minerals like sodium,...

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Wildlife on Highways: Be Bear Aware

Many areas around the province have seen a notable increase in bear activity recently due, in part, to the late arrival of spring. Snow is slow to melt on the mountainsides and many of these hungry giants are now lumbering downhill to search for their spring greens. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is constantly looking for ways to be bear aware and reduce danger to wildlife, big and small, along our highways. Here are some ways we help...

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