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Animals on the roads

The National RSPCA sees more injured wild animals coming into their care, who have been involved in road traffic accidents, as the nights grow longer.
Road traffic accidents involving deer are especially common during the rut, which can occur from mid-July to December (depending on the species).

Take note of warning signs, drive with extreme caution (especially early morning and evening) and report collisions with deer to the police.

Here is some information from the National RSPCA

If you find an injured wild animal, watch it first to see how badly hurt it is. Then if possible take it to a nearby vet or wildlife rehabilitator (call first to make sure they can take and treat the animal).

It’s often faster to take an animal to a vet or wildlife rehabilitator yourself as the nearest RSPCA officer may be out of the area attending other calls.

If you’re unable to transport the animal and cannot find a wildlife rehabilitator who is able to help, contact the National RSPCA about an animal in distress. If possible, contain the animal before calling.

Be careful when approaching wild animals, they can scratch and bite when frightened, particularly if they’re injured. If in doubt, keep a safe distance and call National on 0300 1234 999.

The following animals can’t be handled or transported by the public:

  1. an injured deer
  2. seal
  3. wild boar
  4. otter
  5. badger
  6. fox
  7. snake
  8. bird of prey (including owls)
  9. swan
  10. goose
  11. heron
  12. gull.

If you see one, keep a safe distance and call the National RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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