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Old 10-25-2017, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Well, no one seems to have posted the obvious video, so here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFCrJleggrI&t=92s
OMG, this is soo funny! Can it possibly be real? Laughed my rear off.
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm in the city now, and there are tons of squirrels - no doubt thanks to people who feed them and think they're so cute, until they move into the walls of their homes and eat their wires and insulation LOL.

But, I never see them as road kill. Even though, I see them running insanely back and forth on the city streets all the time.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:16 PM
 
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Here in NM the father quail will stop traffic on our road, make sure the chicks cross safely and then go on his way. Really cute to see.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Canada
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raccoons
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:22 AM
 
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Humans in NYC?

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Old 10-26-2017, 08:49 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Squirrels,


but I would submit it doesn't have to do with how good they are at street crossing, but do to the population levels and habits of the species, as well as a species being big enough to notice... most roadkill isn't seen.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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Snakes.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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In the Seattle area, I would say Raccoons and Opossums. I rarely see them alive (though that might have to do with their nocturnal habits) but constantly see them as road kill. Actually I've only seen an alive Opossum once, seeing roadkill is the only way I know that they exist in the area. Alive Raccoons I see more often, about a couple times a year, but still a pretty rare sight when compared to rabbits and squirrels. I actually rarely see rabbit road kill, and I don't see squirrels that often, especially considering their high population densities. Crows are probably the most aware of how roads operate. They are not scared of cars and will only move as much as they need too, often remaining on the edge of the road and then hop back to the middle once the cars pass by. I know that Coyotes live in the area, never seen one myself, but others have, and have heard their yelps and seen their tracks, but have never seen them as roadkill, so I think they are pretty good at crossing too.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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OMG, this is soo funny! Can it possibly be real? Laughed my rear off.
Check out youtube, it seems real. There's even a follow up from the same woman on the talk show.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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I'm in a unique position to answer this question since I have a 40-mile commute each way to work and drive day and night. My drive takes me through 'burbs, small towns, and rural areas.

Year round, the most common is possum. We have an abundance of possum here in my area (NW Pennsylvania) in both suburban and rural areas. While I have not hit one, I have come close a few times and can see how people could accidentally hit one with the car. Possum tend to sit on the lines in the center of the road (making them harder to see) and when startled by the headlights...run TOWARDS the car

Another one common year-round is raccoon, probably because they tend to just dash out unexpectedly when the headlights surprise them.

In the Spring, it's more common to see bunnies

We have a very large (massive) deer population here and I've had too many close calls to count. I don't go over the speed limit and have excellent night vision/pay attention. In the Fall, it's sad because there are at least a few dead deer on the side of the road every couple of miles. I had a close call yesterday driving home from work when an enormous buck shot out from behind a building at full speed in a village. I did manage to slam the brakes on but felt the far right side of the car lightly tap the deer's backside. So there is a deer in Erie County with a sore a$$. He stopped when he got to the other side of the road and that's when I saw how HUGE he was. People manage to hit deer here year round but it's just carnage in the Fall. You would think they would know the deer are more active this time of year due to the rut and also because of being on the move due to the hunters--and frigging slow down/watch for them.

We also have the idiots who refuse to keep their cats indoors and end up with them getting killed on the road These are likely also the same idiots who refuse to spay/neuter their cats and cause the boom in Spring kittens that I've found wandering around on the highway

I see a lot of live foxes crossing the road but they seem to be pretty good at judging distance and speed. I've seen where they have started to step out and cross but run back onto the grass if they see a car coming too quickly.

I also encounter live cows along the road sometimes but they are good at crossing and wary of the cars. Who would have guessed that cows would be so traffic smart
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