Government supports SWF Moose Awareness campaign
June 6, 2013
The number of vehicle collisions with moose is on the rise. From Nov. 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013, more than 220 collision claims with moose were reported, almost as many as in the entire year of 2008. Vehicle damage costs for 2013 are estimated to be about $3.3 million dollars.
Preliminary numbers for 2012 also show wildlife collisions contributed to four human deaths and 370 injuries in the province, with damage, injury and fatality claims totaling $51.6 million.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF), with financial support from SGI and the Ministry of Environment, has again undertaken its province-wide Moose on the Loose public awareness campaign to help reduce the number of collisions with moose and other wild animals.
“It's very difficult, if not impossible, to get moose or any other wild animal to change their habits, especially when it comes to mobility and fall mating behavior,” said Darrell Crabbe, Executive Director with the SWF. “Any initiatives to prevent animals from crossing highways may only have limited success. For that reason, we believe it’s more effective to educate the drivers, to make people more aware of the issue.”
“The Moose on the Loose campaign is an important reminder to motorists to slow down , stay alert and watch for wildlife on or near the road,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer. “Moose collisions are a growing concern in Saskatchewan, and as motorists we need to be aware of the potential danger and adjust our driving habits accordingly.”
“The Ministry of Environment is committed to reducing moose numbers in southern Saskatchewan and has instituted liberal hunting quotas for the 2013 season,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “We are also supporting a study to learn more about farmland moose behavior that will help us better understand moose movement patterns in southern Saskatchewan.”
The Moose on the Loose campaign uses radio and television public service announcements and highway billboards to remind motorist to be vigilant watching for moose and other wildlife crossing the highways. Informational dinner placemats are distributed to all SWF branches for use at branch fundraising dinners and other events. Brightly colored posters can also be found in many SGI and Environment branch offices around the province.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.
Manager of Media Relations
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Minstry of Environment