Letters: Slow down for wildlife

Writer is concerned with death of wildlife on roads

This morning I witnessed a young animal suffer a slow and painful death due to an inconsiderate driver.

It’s a fact that deer have become a nuisance due to their increasing numbers and will be accidentally struck and killed from time to time. However, I was shocked to see a local vehicle fail to slow down or stop and wholly neglect to look around after a fawn dashed across the road.

Traffic was moving slowly on Sooke Road with plenty of following space in order for him to come to a complete stop.

As residents of the Island know, where there is one deer there are others nearby. Sure enough a second fawn followed close behind and was struck, suffering a badly broken leg. I watched it stagger back to its mother and it was clear there was no hope for its survival.

Please slow down and take a quick look around when animals are on the road, signal animal presence to oncoming traffic by flashing your headlights if necessary and remember that we share this wonderful, untamed place with wildlife that deserves our attention while driving.

Kelsey Keating

Sooke

Just Posted

Saanich resident sends distress signal over cell-phone tower

Wes Solomonson says proposed cell-tower will undermine value of his rural Saanich home

Passengers bound for Victoria say Sunwing left them stranded in Abbotsford

Company says late arrival led to difficulties securing accommodation, transportation

Third Victoria person pricked by needle in past week

Police say this one appears to have been deliberately placed

Sooke swim team competes well at end-of-year meet

The Tyee Aquatic Club finished off 2017 strong, as multiple swimmers beat… Continue reading

Police in brief: Teens nabbed for pot smoking near Oak Bay cop shop

Yacht club thefts, fireworks found and wakeful arrest in Oak Bay this week

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

Jodi Moskal discovered the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members, as it has done since opening in 1909.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning

Toronto girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

Police say an SUV with no driver in it rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s car

Saanich signals support for in-fill developments in Gorge-Tillicum

The Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood continues to experience infill. Council’s committee-of-the-whole signaled Saanich’s support… Continue reading

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

Most Read