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Roadkill Reporter

Roads and highways crisscross every region of Canada, and the Columbia River Basin is no exception. Before the advent of fast moving, mechanized vehicles, wildlife roamed free without fear of collision. There have been significant efforts by government agencies and conservationists to accommodate the flow and path of wildlife movements —like building additional culverts and providing openings in concrete barriers—but these efforts are not always successful and fatalities continue.

Many types of animals are hit on roadways, including badgers, birds, bears, moose, wolves, skunks, raccoons, dear, frogs, wolverines, salamanders and many, many more. If you drive, chances are good that you have seen many examples of roadkill in your travels. In the case of badgers and some other red-listed species, roadkill is the leading cause of death.

How You Can Help

As with the other wildlife observation tools here on the Biodiversity Atlas, the first objective is to simply identify the location and occurrence of roadkill. In your travels through the Columbia River Basin, you have likely seen examples of dead animals on the highways. We appreciate your observations; they will help conservation groups determine the effectiveness of current initiatives to limit wildlife/vehicle collisions and help plan for the future. Please be cautious when reporting any roadkill observations and stay clear of any traffic on roads and highways. To report a roadkill sighting, click on the "Launch Reporter" image at right.


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