Catching up with roadkill
There is a retired veterinarian in California who is trying to understand what kind of “toll,” (pun, if intended, by NYT’s headline writers) traffic takes on wildlife. The NYT’s story goes on to highlight another effort in California and one in Maine that is trying to make sense out of flattened fauna by using GPS to map the kill sites.
The roadkill maps give researchers a better understanding of the environmental impacts of roads. They intend to use the data to build statistical and Geographic Information Systems models to predict roadkill hot spots and to determine where animal road crossings, culverts and warning signs may be most effective on current and future roadways.