Avoiding animals on the road

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - It's an unpleasant sight, but you've probably seen a lot of it lately: roadkill. Since it's springtime, lots of baby animals are out and about. Unfortunately, some of them find themselves on roadways.

So the question is, how can you avoid hitting wildlife? Experts say the answer depends on the situation.

If you have time to slow down, do so. If not, you can cause an accident by swerving or abruptly braking. In that case, it's best to continue moving forward.

"If somebody's hit a deer, if they do see that it's in a situation that it could be a hazard to oncoming traffic we do and we would appreciate the local DOH office so we can get it out of the way," said David Burris, maintenance engineer for District 3 of the West Virginia Department of Highways.

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