It is not uncommon to encounter a wild animal on the road, especially at night, not far from fields and forests. But do you know how to react in the event of a collision with a wild boar, deer or fox? We make an inventory with you.
How to react in a collision with an animal?
To protect yourself
Did you just have an accident? If you are not injured and your car does not break down, park on the side of the road so as not to hinder other drivers. Then put on a safety vest (this accessory is mandatory because it makes you highly visible in case of immobilisation, especially at night) and position the warning triangle 30 meters in front of your vehicle.
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Check the animal’s health
Without getting too close to the affected animal (it can be violent), check if it is still alive. If it’s a small size, like a rabbit or a bird, leave it there. On the contrary, if it is a larger specimen, such as a roe deer, wild boar or chamois, you can move it or take it with you to avoid further traffic accidents. Only obligation: Notify the gendarmerie or the police according to article L 424-9 of the Environmental Code. If you leave it there, pass this on to the municipal services.
Please note that it is strictly forbidden to bring a protected species such as the wolf. In this case, you must notify an authorized hunting police and a natural heritage protection officer. Example: the national police and gendarmerie, environmental inspectors, agents of Staatsbosbeheer (ONF) or gamekeepers.