A tragedy was avoided Sunday night on the Highway 2 and 2a overpass into Okotoks as a young moose made its way in front of a Toyota Avalon.

Cpl. Korey Crerar, Supervisor for the Okotoks RCMP detachment, says the start of fall means wildlife are more likely to be active near roadways.

"We are approaching fall, and with that time of season, the animals do become more active then they usually are," he said.

Cpl. Crerar says the best way to avoid a collision with an animal is to expand your vision on the road while driving, paying particular attention in the dawn and dusk hours, as these are the times of day road vision can be challenging.

Cpl. Crerar also says as the days get shorter, it is important for motorists to be more vigilant on road ways as wildlife tend to be more present.

"As we lose daylight, the chances of hitting an animal does increase. So just be more aware, and of course, always have your headlights on," he said.

In spite of the significant damage to the vehicle, both passengers in the car walked away without any injuries.

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