SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources and some of its partner organizations urge morning commuters to use caution this week as they adjust to the darker morning hours following the switch to Daylight Saving Time.
"Please slow down and review these tips to avoid wildlife/vehicle collisions," a Facebook post from Utah DWR said.
Wild Aware Utah, which comprises the Utah DWR, Utah's Hogle Zoo and Utah's Community-Based Convervation Program, offers the following advice:
- Do not throw trash out of your vehicle. Trash and food scraps can draw animals to roadways.
See an animal near the road? What to do:
• Do not swerve, stay in your lane and slow down.
• If several animals are standing in the road, do not try to drive through them or get out of the vehicle to chase them. Honk your horn and flash your lights to encourage them to move on.
• Be cautious, an animal that has crossed the road may try to go back across again.
If you have a vehicle-wildlife collision:
• Pull off the road and use your hazard lights.
• Do not try to approach an injured animal.
• Call 911 or contact your local police department.
• If the animal is injured and still locatable, call your local police department or Sheriff’s office who will contact a conservation officer to assess the animal.