Chances are, if you’ve been on the road you’ve seen roadkill. According to Trade Trucks, flattened roadside animals aren’t the same around the world. If you are visiting another country, it’s important to know what you can encounter. For your safety and for those in harms way.
The first person to notice the new phenomenon was Joseph Grinnell in 1920. He described it as a “relatively new source of fatality; and if one were to estimate the entire mileage of such roads in the state of California, the mortality must mount into the hundreds, and perhaps thousands every 24 hours.”
Worldwide, roadkill looks different. In Canada, there are over 700 moose collisions each year and in 2004, 60,000 people reported hitting deer which was double the number from 10 years ago. In the UK, roadkill is the greatest contributor to European badger deaths with 50,000 killed each year. In the US, more than 1 million animals are killed each day. And in Michigan, car brings down a single deer every eight minutes. In Australia, 2,200 kangaroos are killed each year in Canberra and 5.5 million reptiles become flattened.
Ninety percent of moose collisions result in injury or death to the driver. If you are driving in Canada, watch out. No one wants to lose when facing a moose. Don’t drive between dusk and dawn. Spend the night and reduce your chances of adding to the roadkill mess. Additionally, slowing your speed can greatly reduce chances of coming in contact with an animal. For more information, read on in the infographic below.