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Road Kill.

By rontear  
Another image to provoke a comment. This image of what is left of a young Fox. Nearly 50 per cent of foxes die in their early months, most adults live 2 years. We are creating urban sprawl and wildlife is squeezed out. When the young leave their parents to find new ranges they have to cross our corridors also. This is sometimes the end result.

Tags: Photo journalism Wildlife and nature Road kill Destruction of habitat Road users Wildlife corridors

Voters: photophantom, zuikotic, Hoffy and 18 more


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zuikotic 15 26 4
1 Mar 2008 8:14AM
cheery; I rather thought that foxes were attracted into cities as much as anything by the ready supply of decomposing food, not that this makes things any better. It's a country thing as well, the roads around Norfolk are particularly grim in the mornings, badgers, deer, rabbits et al. There is a hyposthesis that climatic changes affect animal worse because they are unable to cross these barriers to find better environments.

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photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
1 Mar 2008 8:14AM
Animals and humans both live in the "dangerous life".
Like what happening now in the Philippines and other countries where people are in the stake due of corrupt leaders.
Hoffy 15 262 16 England
1 Mar 2008 8:23AM
OK this is different. It is a shame this happens.
cantona43 Plus
14 927 4 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 8:25AM
And we think we have a hard life nice shot well described
Neil
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
1 Mar 2008 8:28AM
very well caught
User_Removed 15 16 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 8:43AM
=o(

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MaryMac 13 258 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 9:02AM
How SAD !

If animals die through nature its sad but acceptable but when they die because some idiot driving too fast cant stop in time then thats just disgraceful and just reflects how inhuman and unfeeling we as people are becoming as for not moving the poor creature off the road after it has been killed well thats even more disgraceful
Provoking image Ron but it just might make us be more aware of what wildlife is around our roads and be a bit more careful I hope so
Mary
1 Mar 2008 9:20AM
It is hard to avoid animals on the road sometimes. A friend of mine recently swerved to avoid a pheasant lost control and drove into a wall writing off his car. Luckily he wasn't hurt.
Well observed image Ron with the shallow depth of field and the blurred car wheel in the background.
POOCHIE Plus
13 21 6 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 9:25AM
Drive carefully for Fox sake.

Pooch.
dontforgetme 15 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 9:27AM

Quote:How SAD !

If animals die through nature its sad but acceptable but when they die because some idiot driving too fast cant stop in time then thats just disgraceful and just reflects how inhuman and unfeeling we as people are becoming as for not moving the poor creature off the road after it has been killed well thats even more disgraceful
Provoking image Ron but it just might make us be more aware of what wildlife is around our roads and be a bit more careful I hope so
Mary



Not sure what driving too fast has got to do with it. Foxes like most wild animals dont have any road sense, and theres not a lot a driver can or should do when an animal walks out in front of the vehicle. We'd have to be all driving at 5mph to avoid killing anything!

The same is true of motorcyclists only in reverse. When you ride past a junction, at where speed, and a car pulls out on you, theres not much you can do. Animals dont generally get killed by walking out 500 yards up the road, they walk out into your path, before you can even think of hitting the brakes, or swerving into the path of oncoming traffic or a tree.

On the subject of how sad it is that an animal walks out in front of a car, it seems to be ok to toffs to galavant around the countryside in their pursuit! What strange sensibilities we humans have.

I guess most people dont want to see any wildlife dead, but it happens, but has nothing to do with so called idiots driving too fast, the same as the mantra 'Speed Kills' is also a flawaed statement. Although unlike little foxes, children have the opportunity to learn the green cross code, (or do they consider it too expensive to teach that anymore?)

I think you acheived your goal Ron Smile
exposure Plus
15 6.0k England
1 Mar 2008 9:46AM
It does happen and It hurts,
but as long as we do not deliberatly hurt or kill any wild life and do all we can for them, thats the most important, but as I said it does hurt.
Pauline.
MaryMac 13 258 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 10:24AM
Urban motorists, however, also need to be alert to this risk. Many wildlife species are thriving in urban settings. One webpage dealing with the issue of animal-vehicle collisions, www.pleasebekind.com/roadkill.html , under the heading of “Saving Lives on the Road�? lists birds, possums, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snakes, frogs, and bears as urban dwellers creating a risk for on roadways in populated areas.

In the BC Lower Mainland snakes and possums may not be on the list, but we can add coyotes and perhaps cougars.

Cats and dogs remain the most at risk from motor vehicles. The webpage mentioned above reports that in the U.S., “Cars kill about 5.4 million cats per year – more, by a million-plus, than are killed in U.S. animal shelters … [and about] 1.2 million dogs�? a year. Most cats are hit at night typically because they confuse the end of the beams from headlights with the car itself and think it’s safe to dash out once the initial lights go by. Dogs typically get into trouble by dashing out to chase something – a ball, cat, or squirrel.

There are lots of unexpected challenges on the roadway.

Please drive safely.
Got this off the net perhaps this is also a reason why the foxes cross the road ?
Whatever the reason its almost always the animal left lying dead in the road
Ps SPEED does Kill !
Mary
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
1 Mar 2008 11:38AM
Very sad image
luxaeternam 12 21 1
1 Mar 2008 12:19PM
It is indeed an all too frequent event. I am a little worried that less frequent refuse collections in some towns may also be attracting foxes towards towns as much as urban sprawl is eating away at England's green and pleasant land
Thanks for raising the subject - interesting debate.
Smile Lucy
TyChee 14 275 1 United States
1 Mar 2008 1:03PM
Sad to see but well captured and thought provoking.
Ty
dontforgetme 15 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 2:05PM

Quote:Ps SPEED does Kill !



Agree with most of what you say, but sorry Speed soes not kill. Impact kills and can be compounded by innapropriate speed. You need to do some research to understand why not. What speed are you referring to exactly? 3mph, 31mph. 72mph. The 'Speed Kills' mantra works well for nonsense propaganda for the likes of authorities that want to justify the £300-400 million industry theyve managed to generate out of it. there are far greater risks to motorists and pedestraians out there other than people driving over a number on a lollipop. Teach kids the grean cross code and the authorities wont be able to use them as stats to fuel their erroneous road safety policy.
rangerpaul 12 19 7 England
1 Mar 2008 7:22PM
Well this certainly did what it said on the tin.
Never seen such in depth comments.
Well done Ron. Photography doing what it's best at!
Paul
2 Mar 2008 10:28AM
fantastic and thought provoking image ron...
eyeriz
Steve-T 12 56 66 England
2 Mar 2008 9:33PM
Interesting debate - that is what good photography does!
Steve
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
2 Mar 2008 10:54PM
I'm on a slow internet connection - sorry to be short.
This is such a common sight here in Texas - I never get used to it though. We have a "problem" with deer - we encroach on their territory, they eat our plants, we reduce their numbers. Many are also hit on the roads as they have to cross the ever increasing highways. We get some in our front yard sometimes, I have a couple of plants they love Smile
Anne
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
3 Mar 2008 7:47AM
Thank you all for such inspiring and open comments. I feel that we must be in harmony with our surroundings. We are the keepers of the natural world, we should respect that. It seems abuse is more than common. Ron.

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