Roadkill Helper. We could not resist taking a picture of our new friend at the The Caddis Fly Angling Shop in Eugene Oregon, just a few doors down from REI on Lawrence Street.
Roadkill Helper: always better with roadkill!
A very good sport, and a ham for the camera, and they had just the right Mayflies – fly. I need to tempt the native cutthroat trout we enjoy here on the coast.
A great fly fishing shop, they offer fly tying and fly fishing lessons as well.
Roadkill: a carnage
I was always aware of the threat of wild animals moving on the highway. From a young age my Mother and Father cautioned my siblings and I the damage any animal could pose to life and limb.
Our parent’s had plenty of stories of near misses and a few horrific tales of screeching tires, swerving cars, and animals bodies strewn, broken, and smashed from the impact of vehicles.
Oregon Roadkill Mapping
The numbers of Oregon roadkill are being tallied.
I saw the carcass of full a grown Elk that has been hit by a logging truck. Shocking. A not uncommon experience for Log Truck drivers or anyone who commutes on mountain roads.
NOTE: early morning and dusk are the most common times you encounter wildlife on the move. But animals can cross roads anytime of the day or night.
Roadkill Helper: my favorite brand
Wildlife Undercrosses make sense. Save lives both wildlife and human. Save millions in insurance costs.
Many states highway departments are working with wildlife biologists to reduce the carnage highways on wildlife. The Gilchrist Wildlife Undercross is a great example of what can be done.
California has also been active in creating Undercross’s for migrating wildlife in their efforts to reduce animal related hwy accidents.
Oregon Roadkill Law 2019
Speaking of roadkill helper. Oregon state has just made it legal to harvest road killed deer and elk. There are 9 rules applied to harvesting animals hit by vehicles on roadways. ODFW Roadkill salvage laws.
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For hunters and folks who decide to harvest roadkill here is some very sobering information on Chronic Wasting Disease from the University of Minnesota CWD Resource Center.
CWD has never been detected in Oregon’s wildlife but has been found in free-ranging deer and elk in 26 other states including several western states
Read how to handle your game if you suspect your game animal has CWD.