The changes in the weather and seasons have animals on the move. The number of animal/vehicle accidents always increases this time of year due to those factors.  It’s darker and more animals take advantage of that to move from one area to another. In many cases their routes take them near roadways.

FW&P says there are several examples; an elk and deer crossing area on Hwy 93 S between Lolo and Florence, an elk crossing in the Jens area east of Drummond along I-90, Bighorn sheep along Hwy 200 between Plains and Thompson Falls and just outside Bonner.

The best ways to avoid an accident; be alert especially around dusk and dawn.  Notice wildlife crossing signs. Elk and deer very rarely travel alone, if you see one cross the road assume there’s another about ready to do the same.