All I saw this week was a squished duck, when I was out driving last Sunday with my mom. Actually, she made the ID; I was busy driving. We both spotted the feathers though. It is unusual to see a duck hit.

Other sitings were 2 small unidentifiables and a mouse.

So far, all sitings have been relatively “fresh”; maybe the eagles, crows, coyotes, and other scavengers clean up?

Found a good article online about auto-non-human collisions from the WSDOT.  Here’s a shocker for you:

“What areas of the state have the highest numbers of road kill?”

Photo of Big Horn Sheep Crossing US 97
Big Horn sheep cross US 97-A near Rocky Reach dam, north of Wenatchee.

“High numbers of wildlife/vehicle collisions frequently occur in areas where large numbers of deer and elk are present, directly adjacent to high-traffic-volume highway segments. Areas with some of the state’s highest wildlife/vehicle collision rates are: ”

I’ll skip the Eastern Washington reports, as I am not there.

“Western Washington – Deer and elk/vehicle collisions are more widely distributed on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, but there is a high rate of deer/vehicle collisions on Whidbey Island, along State Route 20 and State Route 525. High numbers of elk/vehicle collisions have occurred in the Packwood-Randle vicinity on U.S. 12, and on Interstate 90 near North Bend.” 

I guess they only care about the large animal collisions, as they can kill you when the deer or elk goes through your windshield, or knocks your car off the road.

However, all the little squirrels, opossums, mice, ducks, skunks, assorted birds, coyotes, etc., not to mention people’s pet cats and dogs, care that you just turned them into hamburger with your vehicle; not a pretty way to shuffle off to the next life.

Stay alert when driving, ok? Hamsters don’t like being squashed either.

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