By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario — October 24, 2018 — Manitoba Public Insurance is asking humanity to declare a truce with the natural world.
The public insurer has issued warnings to the provinces drivers reminding them to avoid collisions with deer, particularly in the southeastern corner of the province.
With more than 1,700 collisions with deer last year, the Eastman Region, which borders both Ontario and Minnesota, is ground zero. There, a driver’s odds of crashing into one of the even-toed ungulates are better than anywhere else in Canada—better, at least, for collision repair industry.
While the sacrifices made by Eastman deer on behalf of the industry deserve special notice, populations in other regions of Manitoba are—by any measure—doing their bit. Last year, Manitobans reported more than 11,000 wildlife collisions—the majority of which were with deer. It is estimated that they cost the insurer more than $40 million per annum.
Even in urbanized Winnipeg, more than 7,000 of the repair industry’s furry comrades have laid down their lives for the cause. In fact, MPI has gone so far as to identify more than a dozen high-risk areas within the city and place hard-to-miss warnings.