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Study reveals impact of roadkill worse than thought


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With millions of animals killed on roads every year wildlife conservation experts at Nottingham Trent University wanted to better understand how mammal populations were being affected.

The research team analyzed data from previous studies exploring mammal deaths across 69 species and 150 populations of animals worldwide over a number of years.

They found that, as well as those from plentiful wild populations, vehicles were also responsible for the deaths of animals classed as threatened, vulnerable and endangered.

In addition to smaller mammals such as hedgehogs, squirrels and otters, animals including macaque monkeys, black bears, wolves, puma, elk, warthogs, wombats, bison, lynx, anteaters and even a sea lion and a hippo were killed by vehicles.

https://phys.org/news/2023-03-reveals-impact-roadkill-worse-thoughtsome.html

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12942

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I was hit twice by cars.

 

The first time I ended up nine weeks in hospital with a concussion, exacerbated by pneumonia that I got in the hospital. Also at least a dozen years of frequent migraine strength headaches.

 

The second time I was crippled for at least a month and I had to get a new room key as the old one was bent in a ninety degree angle.

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On 3/21/2023 at 12:25 PM, Ell said:

I was hit twice by cars.

 

The first time I ended up nine weeks in hospital with a concussion, exacerbated by pneumonia that I got in the hospital. Also at least a dozen years of frequent migraine strength headaches.

 

The second time I was crippled for at least a month and I had to get a new room key as the old one was bent in a ninety degree angle.

 

My motorbike was run clean over after I jumped off and the driver kept going.

People have tunnel don't pay attention to their surroundings anymore. Or they hit the animals on purpose. I've seen both. 

I blame electronic devices. 

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On 3/21/2023 at 5:13 PM, Still Waters said:

With millions of animals killed on roads every year wildlife conservation experts at Nottingham Trent University wanted to better understand how mammal populations were being affected.

The research team analyzed data from previous studies exploring mammal deaths across 69 species and 150 populations of animals worldwide over a number of years.

They found that, as well as those from plentiful wild populations, vehicles were also responsible for the deaths of animals classed as threatened, vulnerable and endangered.

In addition to smaller mammals such as hedgehogs, squirrels and otters, animals including macaque monkeys, black bears, wolves, puma, elk, warthogs, wombats, bison, lynx, anteaters and even a sea lion and a hippo were killed by vehicles.

https://phys.org/news/2023-03-reveals-impact-roadkill-worse-thoughtsome.html

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12942

Crows, ravens and magpies thrive by us creating these road pizzas.

Just saying we're doing something good for animals many of us - except me - don't like.

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