A small group of caribou are seen on a small pond near White’s Road in this file photo.
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Blaine Gillam, the Corner Brook man who had a close call with a caribou on White’s Road (Route 460), is upset signs have still not been placed in the area.
Department of Transportation and Works to put up signs in the area after the incident and said this week, on another trip to Stephenville, he can’t believe there has been no action taken yet.
Gillam feels the Department of Transportation and Works is not taking this seriously enough and questions the cost of a few signs and labour.
“It’s ridiculous — it makes no sense at all,” he said.
Gillam says until something is done, when driving to Stephenville he won’t be taking White’s Road but will take the longer route and come in Roxon Way (Route 490).
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Scott Reid, MHA for St. George’s-Humber, said he talked to Gillam on Thursday. He also said prior to that he talked to officials with the Department of Transportation and Works, along with Minister Allan Hawkins on this very issue.
Reid said he doesn’t know of any existing signs in the province specifically warning of caribou crossings. He said this caribou herd has only been in that area for 3-4 years and return annually, that maybe something can be done.
Hawkins is aware of the situation, Reid said, and it is being monitored by department officials.
While no one was made available for an interview, the Department of Transportation and Works said in an email it is working with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources to determine if the occurrence of caribou in this area warrants a sign being installed.