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Seasonal Behaviors: Why are there more road-killed animals this time of year?

A common question we get in late winter and early spring is about the increase in the number of wild animals struck by vehicles.

A gray squirrels stands next to the yellow painted line at the side of a road.

Why are there so many?

Basically it boils down to reproduction and dispersal to find habitat. For adults, finding a mate usually requires travelling, which means more opportunity to have a run-in with vehicles. In the case of juveniles, they often get struck while dispersing from their natal home to less crowded habitat.

Here’s a snapshot of when you’re more likely to see these species on the move:

Skunks

Woodchucks

Raccoon

Tree Squirrels

Opossums

Mink

Bobcat