Driving around animals

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What is a vehicle’s responsibility to animals being ridden, led, or herded on the roadway?
Vehicles must yield to animal riders and livestock (horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, swine, sheep or goats).  Animal riders and herders have the same roadway rights and responsibilities as motorists, except where the laws have no application.  However, local communities can regulate animals such that they’re restricted to certain paths or prohibited on certain streets.   ORS 814.140, 810.100

Approach and pass animals cautiously.  If the animal rider or livestock herder raises their hand, that’s a distress signal.  Motorists must stop and, if requested, turn off their engines until the livestock is under control.  Failure to comply is a class B traffic violation.   ORS 811.510, 814.150

What are Corvallis’s city-level restrictions regarding animal-related transportation?
1.) Equine cannot be ridden or led in any park except upon a roadway, designated parking area, or designated bridle path. Corvallis Municipal Code 5.03.050.080.01
2.) No livestock may be led, driven, or ridden on any sidewalk.  Corvallis Municipal Code 5.03.050.020.06(7)(b)

What is a vehicle’s responsibility if they hit a domestic animal?
Stop.  Attend to the animal.  Contact the owners, or if unavailable, the police.  Failure to do these is a class B traffic violation.  ORS 811.710

What is a vehicle’s responsibility if they hit large game (ie deer, bear, etc)?
Report it to police.  Do not leave it to die.  Oregon Driver Manual p.52