There is probably not a single person who has a driver’s license who has been going down the road and hasn’t noticed some kind of dead animal in the middle-of-the-road or along the roadside. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the city, and a suburb, or driving out in the middle of nowhere, you are going to see a dead critter of some kind somewhere along the road.
For those who are traveling in areas where wild animals are known to live, it is likely that you will see such things as squirrels, deer, snakes, and even more exotic style of animals like armadillo or elk depending on the area you live in. You may also see a dead dog or cat, a fox, or even a coyote that is alongside the road. This is likely to happen no matter where you live.
However, just because it is common doesn’t mean you want to see it. If you are in an area where you live, the last thing you want is to have to drive by a dead badger or skunk every day. You would like to have these animals picked up. The same is true if you are driving down the highway and find that there is a big deer carcass laying out on the road. This is not only a serious risk to any person driving on the road, but it’s quite disgusting to look at as well. This may make you wonder who to call to pick up roadkill when you notice that it is there?
The answer to that may be a little bit more complicated than you think. There really isn’t a Department of Roadkill out there. There isn’t one organization that you can contact in every community to come out and pick up dead animals along the road.
First of all, you need to understand that there are animals that no one would pick up regardless of where you live. Because a dead squirrel is common in many communities, they are simply left there. Eventually birds will pick at them until the carcass is gone and the problem is resolved. This means you simply have to wait it out and tell the animal disappears so to speak.
That is not true of larger sized animals, however. In those cases, there usually is an agency that will assist you in getting rid of the animal. The number to call begins with the level of risk that is involved. For example, if it deer has been hit and is laying out in the middle-of-the-road, then the place you should call first is your local police department or Highway Patrol. They may not be able to handle the problem, but they will know who to contact right away. A dead animal, such as this, in the middle-of-the-road is a big risk, so they will most likely handle the situation for you.
There are also animal control agencies or highway cleanup crews that are involved in picking up dead animals that are found along the roads. In fact, they have employees that are hired to nothing but clean up dead animals. It may help to call the local police department to get a hold of the number to contact these people.
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