Environment - WARS Program

Wildlife Accident Reporting System - Protecting B.C.'s Wildlife

The ministry has a comprehensive program 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.

Caribou on the road, Creston AreaCaribou, Kootenay Pass.

The ministry's Wildlife Accident Reporting System (WARS) started in 1978. Ministry maintenance contractors identify and record the species and location of each animal killed on the highways. This helps to identify where mitigation efforts are needed the most.

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

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


Wildlife Overpass, Kicking Horse CanyonWildlife Exclusion Fencing, Hwy 5

Tips for drivers
  • Pay attention and drive at the posted speed limit
  • Drive at reduced speeds from dusk to dawn when animals are most active
  • Keep windshields clean as animals are not always easy to spot
  • Keep vehicles in good repair
  • Have good tires and brakes for safe stopping
  • Check the route on DriveBC