It's a wonderful thing that this area is so busy with wildlife, but of course that meansa lot of it ends up on the roads. All things considered, I've hit remarkably few animals over the years, but there have been a few. One rabbit I never would have known about but the driver in the car behind me told me I hit it. A few years back, in a small town where I wasn't driving more than 20 miles an hour, I crossed over one of those black, rubber traffic counters. I could feel it as I drove across it, going bump, bump. But it wasn't a traffic counter. It turned out to be a crazy long black snake. I could see in the mirror when he just crawled away. It was a narrow street but he lay clear across it. As far as I could tell, it was little more than an annoyance for him. John
Saw another dead deer on the road and a big blood stain as well, so possible another deer that managed to get off the road.
My first 2 hits in a cat still come to mind and bother me. One was likely in 1983 and was a rabbit that ran in front of me on a major highway. I remember the sickening thud/crunch. The next was a squirrel that ran in front of me and I hit the breaks and behind me he sat up with blood dripping from his mouth (about 1984). It sounds silly I am sure but I always say a prayer for ever dead animal I see.
Strangely, I haven't seen that many deer this year. A few yes, but not a lot. Armadillos though, are everywhere. There was one killed north of me, further into town, just 5 or 6 blocks away. I still can't get used to seeing armadillos up here, and there are just so many!
I hit a deer a few years back and of course, I've been sick about it ever since. About 3:00 AM, perfectly dark, going north on a 4 lane highway about 70 miles an hour, (the speed limit was 65). I saw her and started to slow down, and was down to maybe 30 or 35 and thought it was going to be OK because she was just standing there. Then suddenly, as if she had timed it perfectly, she leaped out in front of me. I still can't get over it. I travel so many miles in so many rural areas in the middle of the night. The roads are often lined with thick woods right up to the edge of the road and there are so many deer, that can suddenly appear with no warning. Makes me so nervous at night. John
This week I have seen several dead deer on the way to work. Early in the week was a baby on the road side and on the other side of the road was the mom. :(
Today there was a small baby on a dirt road with a speed limit of 35! How does one hit and kill a deer on a dirt road at 30-35mph with open space on all sides (fields) so it is not like they came out of nowhere?!
Oh, those sheep I told you about, their coats are getting longer again and dirty now. No longer are they the cute thin white bodies with black legs and heads, now they are cutish fluffier greyish bodies with black heads and lower legs!