I’m completely mystified how roadkill happens.
In my travels, I have observed wildlife crossing backroads and highways many times. They have developed a keen sense of the dangers involved and acquired excellent strategies to prevent any harm to themselves or motorists.
I have compiled some of the more common methods, though every animal seems to add their own personality.
I’m chewing away thinking about the flavour so don’t bore me with the details about traffic. I’m big enough that they can always see me – I’ll be fine. Besides, this really hits the spot!
The proverbial deer in the headlights approach … without the headlights.
I’m going to stand in the middle of the road and assess this situation with my poor eyesight. It’s always important to get the facts first before taking any action. How could anything go wrong?
Mad dasher approach.
I know that camouflage will save me from anything so I will stand on the road perfectly still and then finish the crossing with a sudden burst of speed into the trees. It usually works.
Methodical walker approach.
A slow and steady pace will ensure that I keep my right of way. Besides I have sharp weapons of specific destruction that will deal with any intruders on my path.
I like to pose at the side of the road and assume all is well. It is. The dazed look is just my default appearance.
Star power approach.
I don’t have to look up, I know they’ll stop. After all, I’m the star attraction around here. You would be amazed how well it works.
If we are behind the vehicle then it’s much safer. The key to succes is assuming no vehicle makes sudden stops. We’ve also learned there is strength in numbers.
The only other part of this potential roadkill equation is human creatures. However, they have a heightened awareness of all the hazards on roads. They are conscientious, cautious and would never do anything to harm themselves or any wild creature. They have also developed far more sophisticated ways to deal with any potential hazards. Since the point is so obvious, I will only provide one example from the photography world.
Wildlife photographers approach.
We point a big lens at a random spot and count on everybody slowing down and craning their necks in that direction. It appeals to our strange sense of humour and is nearly foolproof.
With all these approaches reducing risks it’s clear wildlife and humans are all acting responsibly. Further research is required into the mystery of how any creatures get hurt or killed on roads.