Ottawa drivers warned as deer collision season peaks
Ottawa police say more than 9 out of 10 crashes with wildlife involve deer
Drivers in the Ottawa area are being warned by police about the prevalence of deer between October and January, one of two seasons where the risk of hitting a deer is much higher.
There is no official national database on wildlife collisions because local police forces and provincial ministries have their own stats. But police say the major at-risk times are between October and January and between May and June.
Deer are also the most likely wildlife to be involved in a crash.
From 2006 to 2012, more than 94 per cent of Ottawa's police-reported collisions between vehicles and wildlife involved deer. The infographic below shows consistent statistics over each year.