Roads are dangerous places with animals, beasts and nature throwing itself at you at almost every turn. Nobody knows this better than Mexican auto insurance and so to protect your vehicle and you even more we have put together this pack that identifies some of the different wildlife you might encounter on your travels throughout the USA and Canada. From the quick glimpses of something from the corner of your eye in the wing mirror to the loud yelp of something coming through your wound-down window, this guide will help you spot the beasts hopefully before you have to make a claim.
B is for Bisons, Bears and Badgers
With short black horns and long woolley coat ranging from black to copper coloured, the Bison is very recognisable at a distance because of its sheer size. Considered the largest wild land mammal in the region of North America, weighing about 1,031 kg, and hoof prints of 10 cm long, the Bison is a force to be reckoned with, so make sure you have fully comprehensive auto insurance when taking to the roads especially between the months of July and September when loud grunts signal the mating period.
And if these creatures were not enough, your travels might include a chance encounter with a bear, so be prepared. Known commonly as Urusus Americanus, the Black bear is found along the highways of North America. With their beedy black eyes that is the only thing small about them, because a typical male’s shoulders can measure up to 90 cm, their body can span to 190 cm and they can weigh an astonishing 300 kg. British Columbia has the highest concentration of black bears so you have been warned. Black though is not the only kind of bear potentially waiting to greet you on the roads, there are other bears too such as the Grizzly bear. Now if you thought the black bears were heavy, think again. These bears can weigh up to 360 kg and could certainly put a dent in your car if hit, so check you are covered with a good auto insurance when thinking of taking that drive.
Badgers are a lot smaller than bears or bisons, but that’s makes them more difficult to see quickly and could cause you to skid off the road and hit or tree or burst a tyre or two, so look out for small flashes of black and white. With their short legs and weighing only about 14kg, these creatures can fly into the right at any moment, so be prepared.
C is for Caribou, Cougar and Coyote
Belonging to the deer family, the Caribou has antlers that resemble a fork lift truck, so imagine what damage they could do to a car without the proper auto insurance. Measuring approximately 120 cm and carrying a weight of about 270 kg, these animals set off on their migration trail two times in the year. And when they do they can cover a distance of over 140 km, which means to all you drivers out there, that there is a very good chance of seeing one or two or even a herd on the roadside when you are meandering on the roads.
With deer as its prey, the Cougar belongs to the cat family and where deer are; expect to see a cougar or two. And you certainly won’t miss them because an adult male can measure up to 2.7 metres in length including a tail which can stretch to 7.6 cm. They’re fast and agile, so you might only catch a glimpse of them on the road, but they might just be enough to cause you to lose control of the car for a few damaging seconds.
Looking like a wolf, the Coyote’s pointed teeth and wide ears make it a fearsome creature of the wild. In the past they roamed just in a few places, but now the packs have spread and you are more likely to see them when you are driving.
D is for Different Deer
With over 300,000 deer spread across North America, there is a good chance of bumping into a few whilst on the road, hopefully, not literally of course. Black-tailed deer can be recognized because of their dark brown fur and white faces, whereas Mule deer have a white rear and White-tailed deer, as their name suggests, have white tails. All three of these, like the Caribou have antlers that could do more than just scrape paint off your car, so just make sure you are alert on the road, so you don’t have to alert somebody else’s insurance company.