Wildlife on the roads: Avoid them or run them over? - KMOV.com

Wildlife on the roads: Avoid them or run them over?

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Police shutdown a lane of traffic after five Canada Geese were killed on Lindbergh in west St. Louis County on Tuesday.

The video above shows even more geese walking alongside the road just after the wreck, which happened just north of Olive in Creve Coeur.

The latest incident comes less than a week after a Mulberry Grove woman and her two children were hit by a semi-truck after they stopped to avoid a deer. All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier this month, a semi-truck swerved to avoid a deer, causing two other semis to wreck.

Officials say there’s no easy solution for keeping the animals off the roadway.

Erin Shank with the Department of Conservation says trimming down vegetation along the road helps drivers spot the animals.

“Fencing can help, but you get a hole in the fence and they can get trapped on the wrong side of the road,” said Shank.

Officials say it can be deadly for drivers, who most of the time do not know whether to stop or keep on driving.

Experts say drivers’ natural inclination is to swerve and avoid the animal. But they say least dangerous move is to hold the wheel and drive on through.

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