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which cruised along noisily at a top
speed of 45 mph. Of course, few drivers
in those days ever reached that speed
on our rural pothole-riddled dirt roads.
So we know that road hunting by
wildlife is a relatively new approach
to foraging, because motorized vehicles
have been with us for only about a
quarter of the time since Pennsylvania
was colonized by our forefathers. And
Gov. Gifford Pinchot didn't get Pennsylvania out of the mud until the 1930s,
when he spearheaded an effort to add
some 20,000 miles of paved roads to
the state. That means our road-hunting
critters are part of a growing group of
specialists in wild, even semi-wild,
Pennsylvania.
It makes perfect sense that perennial
scavengers - crows, coyotes, opossums,
vultures - would zero in on the carrion
roadways serve up. Vehicle strikes ensure the body cavity of most roadkills
is compromised, which immediately increases its advertising power. Add warm
weather or a nice breeze, and carcasses
can draw for hundreds of yards. And
they do, especially when you consider
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that roads fragment habitat, and some
wildlife regularly cruises along highways and roads for meals.
The increasing miles of new roadway
and habitat losses caused by Pennsylvania's enduring development ensure
a landscape that has more wild birds
and mammals crossing roads and more
wildlife hunting on and along them.
Try to travel 10 miles of interstate highway in Pennsylvania without seeing a
perched red-tailed hawk watching the
median for rodents, or vultures feeding
on carrion. The same applies to whitetails feeding roadside early and late in
the day in the northern tier. They are
fixtures of our highway system.
For better or worse, roadways have
become useful to more wildlife. They
provide food, are hunting grounds
and ambush sites, and, in some cases,
wildlife has figured out how to exploit
our use of roads. Take, for example,
the shrewdness of crows, which have
learned to position and reposition walnuts on roads so passing vehicles drive
over and crack them. Deer, too, have
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