This is a Sad Fact. There were 92 moose-vehicle collisions between Saint John and Fredericton between 2002 and 2006. More than 20 accidents and near hits have been reported in the spring of 2001 between highways 11 and 8 between Campbellton and Miramichi. A committee member in charge of Monitoring moose sightings commented on the spring 2001 situation.
"As of last week, we had 114 calls in the month of May of reported sightings," "Now they were not all in this area, obviously. Some were down towards Miramichi, and up towards Dalhousie."
There are about 300 Moose/Vehicle Collisions in New Brunswick EVERY YEAR!(from the stats below, the problem is increasing). They are usually fatal, and usually occur between May and September. October is also a very dangerous month aswell with the days becoming shorter increasing darkness.
In the Province of New Brunswick from From 1993 to 2000, there were 154 injuries and 3 fatalities caused by deer-vehicle collisions and 456 injuries and 24 fatalities caused by moose-vehicle collisions on New Brunswick’s arterial highways.
from 1995-2000 there were 21 fatalities (20 from moose collisions, 1 from deer collisions) and 955 injuries (550 from moose collisions and 405 from deer collisions) during this period.
Below is a map that I obtained from the 2006 tourism NB book, I've outlined all the highway sections in black marker that are key points for fencing, most of the highways are government highways, other than the Trans-Canada highway being number 2 and 16. I tried to make it a fair size so that its not too big, the points i've outlined as the major areas in need of fencing based on sightings and casualties are provided. Highway 8, 11 and 7 are bad for collisions and sightings. these in my opinion should be fenced immediately.(June 2007- Highway 8 has seen some fences erected aswell as Highway 7) highway 10 is responsible for the death which claimed the life of a 16 year old girl. It is sad to read and hear these things, that's why something must be done to prevent this. The stretch of highway between Fredericton and Oromocto (I believe it is 102) is a VERY BAD area for Moose Sightings, It runs into CFB Gagetown, The Federal Government will have to intervene and do something about this aswell.
UPDATE: May 2009- Highway 11 has seen a tiny section of fencing,7.1 km on Route 11 from Turgeon Road to Rue de la Gare in 2007 and only plan on fencing 6.5 km's between Rue de la gar and Laplante road in 2008!!!!!. they need to go more north!!! Highway 11 Belledune to campbellton is VERY BAD! the Province Of New Brunswick is nowhere near what they have to do and what they should be doing. This needs to be done. My quest continues.
Below is another map of NB
J.S.Christie & S.Nason from UNB Saint John created this article I found online. below are some very interesting key statistics. I take no credit for the below statistics, I didnt come up with the Data but I felt I had to show these statistics as they are quite alarming. I am not taking credit for someone else's work. They did an amazing job with there data and i'm putting it below for you to see.
The New Brunswick Department of Transportation analyzed accident data from 1995 to 2000 and found a total of 4,239 deer-vehicle collisions and 1,482 moose-vehicle collisions over the 6 year period . This represented 8.6% of the total 66,279 vehicle accidents in the province over those 6 years, and translates to an annual average of 707 deer and 247 moose collisions.
According to Statistics Canada (2003), New Brunswick’s motor vehicle registrations in 2000 were 562,563, therefore approximately 1 in every 796 New Brunswick drivers will hit a deer and 1 in 2278 drivers will hit a moose.
The costs of Vehicle accidents in New Brunswick can also be estimated. Using the 1995 to 2000 accident data. there were 5,721 combined vehicle collisions. At an average cost of CA$3,025 per vehicle, this would result in PROPERTY COSTS of CA$17,306,025. As well, there were 21 fatalities (20 from moose collisions, 1 from deer collisions) and 955 injuries (550 from moose collisions and 405 from deer collisions) during this period.
Transport Canada (1998) estimates that the compensation cost per road vehicle accident for a fatality in Canada is CA$1,560,000 and for an injury is CA$28,000 (1996 dollars). This would result in FATALITY COSTS of CA$32,760,000 and INJURY COSTS of CA$26,740,000 over the six years.
An animal life is also considered by some to be
an economic resource, and by others as a
valued part of nature that is to be protected.
The Michigan Technology Transfer Center
identifies the economic cost of a lost deer at
between US$700 and US$1,000. The equivalent of CA$1,050
roughly. apply that to the 5,721
accidents would result in ANIMAL COSTS of
CA$6,007,050. In total, this would mean an
estimated CA$82,813,075 over the 6 years, or
an average of CA$13,802,179 per year for
vehicle collisions in NB.
Here is another section of the article.
The total number of deer collisions on arterial highways dropped in 1996 after rising since 1993, but have increased since then. Between 1993 and 2000, there was a 60.4% increase in the number of deer-related accidents on highways. The total number of moose-vehicle collisions on highways has fluctuated over this period, rising from 1993 to 1995 and from 1998 to 1999, but decreasing in 1996, 1997, and 2000. Between 1993 and 2000, there was a 6.3% increase in the number of collisions, although the total reached higher numbers in the intermediate years. An analysis of the data on a per month basis over the study period showed that deer collisions on highways peak in November, which is typically attributed to breeding activities and the hunting season.
Moose collisions peak in June, and are at their highest levels throughout the summer months of June, July, and August, which can be attributed to their feeding on roadside vegetation and escaping the heat and flies found deeper in the woods. 81.9% of all deer-vehicle collisions and 88.7% of all moose-vehicle collisions on arterial highways occur on sections where the posted speed limit of the route is 90 km/hr or above, with the largest percentage of collisions occurring on sections posted at 100 km/hr. This can be attributed to the fact that many sections of the arterial highways in New Brunswick pass through areas with little or no development. Given this, these sections typically have a posted speed limit of 100 km/hr, and drivers increase their speed.
Deer and moose tend to gravitate to areas with less development, increasing the chance of a collision. Also, vehicles traveling at higher rates of speed are less likely to be able to avoid collisions with animals, so more accidents will be on sections of routes with higher speed limits.
From 1993 to 2000, there were 154 injuries and 3 fatalities caused by deer-vehicle collisions and 456 injuries and 24 fatalities caused by moose-vehicle collisions on New Brunswick’s arterial highways. This data supports the view that moose-vehicle accidents are particularly more severe, especially considering that there were 769 fewer moose accidents than deer accidents for the study period.
The majority of both deer- and moose-vehicle collisions occur at night in areas without lighting, when the animals are harder to see, and during clear weather, on dry roads.
Other studies show that the majority of accidents occur on level, straight roads, when drivers are traveling at higher speeds and paying less attention to the road. 44.2% of deer-vehicle and 66% of moose-vehicle collisions occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.