• Sep 16, 2010
If you hit an animal with your car, do you stop and take a picture of your victory against nature kill? Did you know that someone out there is snapping pics of the deceased critters? His name is Ron Ringen and his friends refer to him as Dr. Roadkill.
According to The New York Times, Ringen is not a "unique" artist trying to turn a profit but rather a retired veterinarian helping wildlife researchers. His goal is to log enough data (animal type, location, etc.) to better understand the impact of roadways on the surrounding animal populations. This information will go a long way in developing new methods of preventing or reducing animal/car interactions.

Ringen has found and photographed over 1,400 animals, and after he gets his shot, he then records the location in a GPS device. The animals he has found have ranged in size from tiny sparrows to a 1,500 pound black bull.

Mr, Ringen is not the only one scouring the blacktop for roadkill. There are volunteers across the state assisting in the capture of information. WildlifeCrossing.net has nearly 300 registered users and they have information on nearly 7,000 dead animals. The California program is doing well and it has recently added a second state, Maine, to their website.

If you have some spare time, a camera and a GPS device you can help track the pattern of roadkill incidents. Safer roads equal a better driving experience, and that's something we can all get behind.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My tax dollars hard at work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The photo is little funny.
      The photo expressed complete indifference of humankind to nature?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the car that hit and killed the 1500lbs black bull.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who pays for this? I realize they're volunteers that are taking the pictures but WTH? California can't afford teachers to teach but they can pay for THIS?

      I think it's a noble thing and something that is worth while... IF they can afford it as well as more important things.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Who pays for this?"

        Erm, you may want to look up the definition of "volunteer..." Lurnin' iz good
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for your condescending comment... The internet needs more of you...

        Who's paying for all the people doing the RESEARCH! NOT the volunteers...

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Who's paying for all the RESEARCH?"

        I'm guessing Uni students... or, more accurately, their parents.

        Private sector at its finest, in other words ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Roads are a great barrier to the natural migration and movement of species. It's not uncommon to start seeing subspecies of animals crop up where genetic material cannot mix. I spent 2 weeks in a course where all we did was drive around for roadkill, put them in bags and coolers and speciate the animal and log the GPS of it. If you guys want to learn more, google "night driving" or "herping"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've wondered about that for a while...is there a significant genetic difference between squirrel or turtle populations on either side of a major highway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have seen a few roadkills that were painted over. I also have seen a bull that was hit by a car. It was on R422 in New Castle PA, about a month ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When can we expect the iPhone app?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This photo is very old... I got it many years ago.
      The text on my picture is => Winner of the "Not My Job" Award - ADOT Litchfield Park, AZ 85......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a huge waste of time. You ain't never gonna stop cars from hitting animals.
      My friends mom was killed by a motorcycle once.
        • 4 Years Ago
        waste of time? not at all!

        I am sure that the proprietors of the "Roadkill Cafe" would VERY MUCH like to have access to this database. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      And mean while pipelines are falling apart.
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