Road kill rates are on the rise in North DakotaWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- About 40 skunks, a few dozens of raccoons, and a handful of pheasants. That's how much road kill was reported, on 200 miles of roadway from Wahpeton to Watertown.
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- About 40 skunks, a few dozens of raccoons, and a handful of pheasants. That's how much road kill was reported, on 200 miles of roadway from Wahpeton to Watertown.
North Dakota Game and Fish says it's the perfect time for creatures to be on the move.
You can't miss them. Racoon. After Racoon. After Racoon. Little gory scenes doting the shoulder of the interstate.
Leier: " the fall for some fur-bearers like skunks and raccoons is a peak dispersal time."
North Dakota Game and Fish says tis the season - for furbearing critters to be out and about. Running across the roadways.
There's a lot of things that factor in to the road kill rate. An increase in traffic, for instance, or the warmer weather helping boost survival rates.
Leier: " you have fluctuating environmental conditions. We went from extremely wet to extremely dry."
Another reason for the rash of road kill is that the skunk population is at its peak.
Leier: "we may have seen an increase in population due to the mild winter we had last year, allowing more skunks to survive, increasing reproductive success."
The North Dakota D.O.T. says whenever animals get hit, crews are on call to keep the road safe.
Gorder: "we just drag it off the edge of the road, get it off the right away, and let nature take its course."
D.O.T. says to avoid scenes like this. And this. Keep your eyes peeled.
Drivers have extra distractions. And animals can pop into the road really quickly.
If you see any animals on the road that could pose a threat to drivers, contact local law enforcement.