Wildlife Accident Reporting System

Protecting B.C.'s Wildlife

Caribou, Kootenay Pass

Caribou walking single file along B.C. highway

The Wildlife Accident Reporting System (WARS) is a comprehensive program that began in 1978 to help mitigate wildlife-vehicle crashes on B.C.'s network of highways and roads. Hundreds of ministry employees and contractors are actively involved in monitoring wildlife incidents and developing solutions.

WARS Reports

Highway maintenance contractors identify and record the species and location of each animal killed on B.C.'s highways. This helps to identify where mitigation efforts are most needed.

Since 1993, about 4,700 wild animals have been reported killed on British Columbia highways each year. Over the last 10 years, about 80% of wildlife collisions involved deer. Bear-related vehicle collisions peak in September in the northern parts of the province and in October in the southern regions.

To make travel safer for motorists and to protect B.C.'s wildlife populations, the Province has reduced wildlife collisions through wildlife exclusion fencing, overpasses, underpasses and warning signs, located on rural highways.

So far, this program has contributed:

  • Over 500 km of wildlife exclusion fencing
  • 4 wildlife overpasses
  • 29 large wildlife underpasses
  • More than 70 small underpasses
  • Approximately 1,200 species-specific wildlife warning signs, the most comprehensive inventory of wildlife warning signs in the world

Wildlife Exclusion Fencing, Highway 5

Wildlife exclusion fencing on Highway 5

With over 500 kilometres installed, B.C. has more special fencing to protect wildlife than any other transportation agency in North America. The fencing is about 97% to 99% effective in reducing wildlife-related collisions when the fencing is installed on both sides of highway.