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smashed acorns under oak trees. Birds
and other animals scavenge cicadas
struck by vehicles along and on our
interstates when swarms emerge. Then
there are those gray squirrels that spend
spring and summer satisfyingly licking
road salt from the crevices in asphalt,
and robins that hunt worms on our
roads after a spring rain. Or what about
the way a mulberry tree pulls in birds
and mammals to clean up its fallen fruit
on road surfaces?
It seems almost obligatory that
wildlife would seize whatever roadways
serve, because the pavements and
macadam ribbons have encroached on
their home ground or habitat. Some
have made the best of it. For others, it
hasn't worked out, particularly when
superhighways bisect bedding, nesting
or resting areas from hunting or foraging habitat. Roads are unforgiving for
young wildlife, those consumed with
following a potential mate or prey, or
animals that pay more attention to
roadkill flapjacks than oncoming traffic. Still, no species is imperiled or in
trouble solely because of roads.
Let's face it, roads are not going
away; ditto for automobiles. And most
of us are ok with that. They make our
lives easier. And in some ways, they do
the same for a variety of wildlife. From
snails and slugs to deer and black bears,
roads represent opportunity and the
path of least resistance. We all have
our uses for roads, and most of us get
that they can bring trouble anywhere
in the blink of an eye. Still, people
and wildlife are drawn to them for one
simple reason: convenience.
We all prefer to travel the road of
least resistance whether heading home,
for food or to visit. It's the same for
wildlife, especially when working to
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store energy for the rigors of winter.
If you've ever spent time along a road
that doesn't have traffic, you know it
can be pretty peaceful; easy walking;
accommodate stealth. In the early and
late hours of most days, wildlife feels
the same way on and along roads.
Roads provide wildlife fast food, easy
access to other areas and an occasional
home in their supporting infrastructure. Consequently, some wildlife has
come to depend upon roads for some
portion of their existence at the risk of
their well-being. Convenience matters.
Always.
So when you see crows hanging out
in a walnut tree, know that they're
counting on you to crunch that walnut
on the road. And the squirrel in the
middle of the road? Cut it some slack
and blow your horn. If it's a deer or bear
on the road loading up on cracked
acorns, flick your lights and slow down.
These road hunters are a permanent
part of our roadways. So give them a
break; hit those brakes!

Most Road Miles
Allegheny County - 5,840
Lancaster County - 3,895
York County - 3,803
Montgomery County - 3,691
Westmoreland County - 3,665

Least Road Miles
Cameron County - 240
Montour County - 406
Forest County - 492
Sullivan County - 565
Union County - 603

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