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March 2, 2020

Steve Haugen, Traffic Operations Engineer
City of Bellingham
(360) 778-7811

Watch for wildlife crossing roads in Bellingham WA

Each spring, as wildlife baby season arrives, calls to the City of Bellingham increase regarding deer and other animals that have been struck by cars on Bellingham's streets.  To help prevent those collisions and to protect both animals and drivers, the City of Bellingham has partnered with Watch for Wildlife to provide wildlife corridor signs.

Bellingham residents who notice an increase in deer activity near their property can now alert passing drivers.  Free, yellow signs are available at the City of Bellingham Public Works Operations division, 2221 Pacific Street, which may be posted on residents' personal property to indicate it is a “wildlife corridor."

​According to Watch for Wildlife, the cost of collisions with wildlife ranges from $2,000 to $10,000. To avoid collisions - and expensive damage - it's important to know:

  • Deer don't roam alone.  If you see one, expect others. Just because you've cleared the one you see, doesn't mean there aren't more.
  • Watch out near water. Deer are often hit when they're headed to their favorite watering hole for a drink.
  • Danger (time) zone. Deer are most likely to appear when it's hardest to see them – at dawn or dusk. Be sure your headlights are on to spot deer and alert other drivers.
  • Safety is in your hands.  If a phone or food or any other distraction is your grip, let it go.

Who to call if you hit a wild animal

If you should hit an animal in the roadway in Bellingham, WA and it is still alive, please phone the Whatcom County Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (360) 966-8845.

For more information, visit Watch for Wildlife on the City of Bellingham website. To report animal crossings to the City, contact Steve Haugen, Traffic Operations Engineer at (360) 778-7811 or shaugen@cob.org.

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