Roadkill :(

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Roadkill :(
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 6:37pm

Why are there so many animals killed on the road at this time of year? I heard somewhere that they come onto the road when it starts to get cold at night because the pavement is warm. Is that true? Last night in a 10-minute drive I passed a dead skunk, a raccoon and a squirrel, and there was a family of live raccoons right on the side of the road that I hope didn't try to cross the road after I passed them.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: CMEvelyn
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 12:17pm

I think part of the problem this year especially is because of the crazy weather we have been having.  Animals aren't finding their usual places for water and food....and so they're searching further away from their normal habitats.

The President of our Homeowners Committee just send out an e:mail reminding drivers to slow down in our community for just that reason.  I always see wildlife on the roads but not nearly as much as I have lately.  The other day I was driving home and thought I saw a dog on the side of the road; it was a small deer.  And I'm always seeing squirrels.  I try to be so careful but, unfortunately, sometimes they just run out right in front of you and you can't stop.

Laura
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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: CMEvelyn
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 1:17pm

There is some truth in the warm road theory, especially for cold-blooded beasties like snakes and lizards (all our herpetolgist freinds used to "run the roads" at dusk, looking for specimens that were using the blacktop as a heating element!).

But I think what is really happening with the ewarm-blooded wildlife is you have alot of young animals who aren't traffic savvy, who are migrating when looking for food or water in this terrible summer (especially after being weaned by Mama and "pushde out of the nest") ,and they just get hit.

And around here, we have some "good Ole' Boys" who delight in aiming their pick-ups  at animals on teh road, even if they could avoid them. Serial Killers in teh making, IMO...



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Registered: 05-29-2012
In reply to: CMEvelyn
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 1:17pm

<And around here, we have some "good Ole' Boys" who delight in aiming their pick-ups at animals on teh road, even if they could avoid them. Serial Killers in teh making, IMO...>

OMG! That just makes me ill. I thought it was bad enough that some of the people around here don't really go out of their way to avoid hitting them, and don't seem to care a whole lot when they do. I hit a skunk once and cried for days... But then, I've also been known to pull over to free a butterfly that got caught in the windshield wiper, so I guess I'm a little extreme on the other end.

 

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: gazebo
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 3:00pm

It's better to be extreme on the good side rather than on the bad.  I hit a squirrel one evening and was upset for days....but I think I "stunned" him because I went back to check and he was gone.  He had run right out in front of me so quickly that I couldn't stop.

I remember "many" years ago when we lived in Staten Island we were on our way to work and stopped to buy something.  I was sitting in the car and this other car came flying down the road and deliberately ran into a group of pigeons.  I was horrified and was upset for days!

And, yes, it was been written that serial killers kill smaller, weaker, animals when they are young.....terribly sad.

Laura
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Registered: 11-15-2001
In reply to: CMEvelyn
Sun, 09-16-2012 - 9:43pm

We just returned from a trip to California and I was amazed at how many dead animals there were on the highways. Raccoon, deer, skunk, coyote, all kinds of birds, etc. And it's true that some drivers purposely hit a defenseless animal. It's also true that murderers first were animal abusers...

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