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field of study[edit]

It is a field of study which has een recorded since 1938. Can this be expanded upon? RickK 22:04 4 Jul 2003 (UTC)

Simmons Society[edit]

Has anyone been able to find any ther stuff about the Simmons Society? It has been there since early on in the page's history, and was left by user:cimon avaro. I wasn't able to find an email address for Professor Knutson.Nathanlarson32767 07:44, 2 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Roadkill seagulls[edit]

Here on Cape Cod, we periodically get roadkill seagulls. Seagulls open clams and other shellfish by picking them up and dropping them onto hard surfaces (such as rocks and roads) from the air. At times, they have been known to dive through the windshields of cars that come up beneath just as they drop the shell. --FOo 17:52, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Eating roadkill?[edit]

Surprised to see nothing about eating roadkill on this page. I might add something later. - FrancisTyers 19:03, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

I've removed the reference to Tennessee making it illegal to eat roadkill because I found an article that says the opposite.--Nonpareility 19:45, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

does anyone have information on state roadkill programs to distribute the roadkill? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.66.213.108 (talk) 16:10, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was move. —Nightstallion (?) 11:22, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

I requested moving Road faunaRoadkill (currently a redirect) as Roadkill is a much more common name (i.e. 2,500,000 results for Roadkill on Google versus 445 for Road fauna). — -- Reinyday, 21:12, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

  • Support. Don't think I'm familiar with "road fauna" but the article uses roadkill when talking about it, so... Jibbajabba 21:38, 5 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Support no brainer. - FrancisTyers 01:25, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Bewildered. US centric terms, and not necessarily used in other english speaking locations on the planet. Google is inherently us-centric. Would stongly' suggest no action, unless non-us voters identify as such and identify local usages. I am australian.User:SatuSuro 09:14, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Support. Jonathunder 23:19, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

While I acknowledge and understand SatuSuro's concern, I'm afraid the vote is still rather clear.

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STUDY of numbers killed? Call the stats cops now![edit]

One parochial-size survey and its estimated that 26,000,000 cats are killed on US roads annually. Either the methodology is fatally skewed beyond redemption or the extrapolation concepts of the interpreter got too hot. Crap math, crap science, crap citation, crap. This article is full of it and needs a review urgently. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Plutonium27 (talkcontribs) 01:40, 23 February 2007 (UTC).

The Roadkill Chef[edit]

Cooking roadkill on BBC3 [1], and in australia [2] -- 172.179.166.54 20:50, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

Too many images?[edit]

I think we got the idea with the first one or two. Do we really need so many pictures of multilated animals in this article? -Scaeme —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.130.187.109 (talk) 03:41, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm afraid I have to agree with that. You don't see photos of people shooting other people in the murder articles, or dead people, or such things in other articles. ― LADY GALAXY 21:36, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
Removing all the pics was overkill. What we should have is a few in the article, and a link to a gallery on Commons. I have several pictures I can add, but will add to and create a Commons gallery, including the ones removed here, probably as part of Commons:Category:Dead animals (warning - graphic pictures of dead animals). Carcharoth (talk) 05:47, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Will add the above to a Commons category. Carcharoth (talk) 17:10, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Is it REALLY necessary to keep any of these pictures? isn't the mere description of what a roadkill is enough? or do you think that's absolutely indispensable to provide gruesome pictures of some dead animals? --93.32.227.213 (talk) 21:54, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Who picks up Roadkill?[edit]

This is a valid question for those who are physically, psychologically and emotionally affected by the sight and smell of a battered mammalian corpse in the street or near a sidewalk.

As far as I can tell it is a citizen's duty to clean up roadkill, and few cities really have the funding or concern to implement a roadkill removal program, aside from an annual street clean. I think the article should touch on the issue of who is responsible for removing dead and dying animals from the roadside. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.175.60.108 (talk) 22:21, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

  • No it shouldn't. An encyclopedia article is not supposed to be prescriptive. It might make mention of existing practices though, I suppose. Extenebris (talk) 13:10, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Jeez == "no it shouldn't - WHY? Where in Wikipedia does it say that this? I personally (as someone who drives a LOT) would like to know who cleans this stuff up off the roads? I suppose the logic behind no articles about THE ROAD KILL CAFE (Wyoming) mentioned on QI tonight is that because it's commercial it's not allowed?? What a load of crap. I should be able to pick up an encyclopedia and look up ANYTHING - not just what a self appointed "editor" thinks is relevant! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.98.252.87 (talk) 22:27, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Wording[edit]

"The animal species most likely to be recorded as a roadkill are mammals."

Mammals are a class (biology), not a species. There is no need to introduce taxonomical hair-splitting into the article, so I've just reworded this so that it sits better with purists like me. Extenebris (talk) 13:31, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

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So it is food for something, but if you want to eat a 10 day dead Wombat, then go ahead. Enlil Ninlil (talk) 07:03, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

No mention of Hedgehogs?[edit]

This article does not mention Hedgehogs. In Northern Europe, Britain in particular, Hedgehogs are the most well known animal in road kills. See here [3] "between 113,000 and 340,000 hedgehogs are killed on Dutch roads each year. Sponholz (1965) estimated that the number of hedgehog traffic victims in former western Germany also was very high: 720,000-1,000,000 per year.". And here [4] "You've all seen the the remains on the road. It's estimated that between 50,000 - 100.000 hedgehogs are killed by motor vehicles each year." (figure for GB). TiffaF (talk) 10:19, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Armadillos as common roadkill[edit]

The last section mentions that armadillos are a common roadkill because they jump when threatened. That doesn't make sense, armadillos curl up into balls. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.193.20.149 (talk) 01:27, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

The example picture[edit]

In that picture the driver is driving illegally. Thank you. 71.218.133.45 (talk) 17:15, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

What relevance does this have? It's an article on roadkill, not motor vehicle laws or traffic safety.Stian (talk) 10:28, 28 November 2010 (UTC)
It's unclear which picture was referred to, or whether it is still in the article. Consider that different countries use left hand traffic or right hand traffic rules. Reify-tech (talk) 18:10, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Removed paragraph[edit]

I removed this paragraph:

The number of road fauna present on a given stretch of freeway is said to follow a Poisson distribution. Some researchers[who?] believe lunar phases have an effect on the amount of road kills. Further study is needed to support this hypothesis.

The point about Poisson distribution seems very obscure, and the reference to lunar phases having an impacted seems simply far-fetched. While neither of those is a removal criteria in and of itself, neither statement includes a source.Stian (talk) 10:28, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

I want to make this article more palatable...[edit]

Hi, if no objections come within a day, I will be bold and replace some of the more gruesome images with much more "beautiful" (if you can say that with this topic) ones from Commons... We do have them, after all! This will illustrate very exactly what "roadkill" constitutes, but there will be somewhat less blood'n'guts involved. However, blood'n'guts will, in my opinion, be replaced by emotionality.

What do you think of my proposed radical changes? --Eu-151 (talk) 21:35, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

What about also exploring some of the more positive and useful sides to road-kill in conservation work? Road-kill numbers can be used to gauge a species' health. If a species is nocturnal or shy its numbers can be very hard to count and continually monitor in the wild and sometimes counting road-kill and comparing the amounts of road-kill from year to year is the only way to estimate the health of a species' population. The extent of road-kill spotted for each mammal is related to the number of those mammals in the wild. For example, in recent years there has been a noticeable decline in the numbers of hedgehog road-kills, as seen in the UK; from over 200,000 hedgehog road-kills in 1990 down to below 50,000 in 2010. It was easily noticed that there were fewer dead hedgehogs on the roads, in 2010, and this quickly and effectively raised awareness and concern about the health and sustainability of the Hedgehog population in the UK. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.148.23.103 (talk) 02:54, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Roadkill on Route 170 Okatie Hwy by the Chechessee River, SC, USA, jjron 09.04.2012.jpg[edit]

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Roadkill

Roadkill occurs when an animal or animals are struck and killed by motor vehicles, something which happens millions of times a year worldwide. Some species numbers are significantly affected by roadkill: it is estimated to be responsible for 50% of deaths of Florida panthers, for instance. In this case, a deer was killed on the Okatie Highway (Highway 170) alongside the Chechesee River, South Carolina, USA; in the US there are roughly 250,000 deer-vehicle collisions yearly, leading to about 200 human deaths and over $1 billion in property damage.

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Excuse me when saying this, but how the hell did a picture of roadkill make it to the front page. I would be inclined to believe it was chosen because it is shocking and a prank.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 178.167.254.13 (talk) 17:20, 14 April 2014 (UTC)