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November 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol to drivers: Watch for wildlife

The State Patrol is warning drivers to be watchful for animals now that it’s getting dark earlier.

So far this year, troopers in Pierce and Thurston counties have responded to 128 collisions involving vehicles and animals. Forty-four of those collisions occurred on Interstate 5; 49 were on state highways; and 35 were on county roads.

The State Patrol is advising drivers to:

— Be cautious in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for wildlife.

— Pay attention to animal crossing signs, which mark areas where collisions have occurred in the past.

— Drivers should not abruptly swerve to avoid an animal in the road. Drivers who do so have a greater chance of leaving the roadway and striking a fixed object or another vehicle.

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