We moved to Willoughby on May 11, 2011.
On June 6, I filed a report with transportation #92315 of a road kill of an adult rabbit. Itwas an adult Eastern cottontail hit by a car, probably in the evening of June 5. It had beenlying on the road since its demise, and I witnessed cars going over the carcassthroughout the day. The deceased animal was finally picked up around 4 pm on June 6. Iwas appalled at the disrespect of motorists who drove over the deceased animal asopposed to going around it.
In my phone call, I mentioned that I see rabbits often along that stretch of the road (onthe grassy area right next to the shoulder) where the adult rabbit was hit on 83
Ave.,between 208 and 209A St. When cars go by, the rabbit(s) run off into the tall grasses. Isuggested that a slower speed limit be posted there 30 km/hr, instead of the 50 km/hr,plus a sign indicating rabbit crossing. Crystal (who took the initial report) said that arequest will be submitted.
I travel that stretch of road several times a day, seven days a week, and have seen rabbitstrying to cross 83
Ave from one side to the other, early mornings.
Around July 5, I called for an update of the request to engineering, but no progress hasbeen made. I reiterated that I see rabbit kits eating along the road shoulder (and still do)that scuttle away as cars go by (way over the 50 km/hr). I was very concerned for thesafety of the rabbit kits and pressed for action. The receiver logged in my request andasked me to call back later for an update.
On July 11, I called a third time as my concern had become a tragic foreseeable reality. Arabbit kit was hit by a car between 7:30 and 8:00 am on July 10. Early that July 10 morningaround 7:30 am, I passed by that area and saw the kit eating grass near the roadshoulder; on my return trip, I see his dead body on the shoulder with two crows eatinghis carcass. I stopped to closely examine the situation, and oncoming traffic simplycontinued over the carcass. If the carcass was a dead dog, would motorists drive over it?Perhaps not!
On July 15, at 4:30pm I received a call from Mike Stang indicating that nothing Isuggested can be done: i) that slower speed limits cannot be put up as all standardstreets are 50 km/hr.; ii) that signs indicating rabbit or wildlife crossing cannot be put upas none exists. The only signs indicating wildlife crossings are for deer.
July 23, at 7:15 am, I passed by a road kill on 80
Ave, about 2 city blocks west of 208
street. The carcass was in the shade and I only saw it at the last minute, but was able toswerve around it. My impression was that it was a small animal. On my return trip at 7:45am, the carcass was gone (I assume the crows got it). I returned home, retrieved mycamera, and took pictures of the blood splatter and entrails.ValuesThe Wildlife Habitat Conservation Strategy (WHCS) recognizes the importance of wildlifehabitat to support existing and future wildlife. Bylaw 4682 includes a statement to promotehabitat stewardship among its residents. In that intent, road kill are distressful to witness,especially juvenile animals. While all road kill cannot be eliminated in an urban setting, I feelthat, based on my recent experience, more can be done to mitigate these circumstances,especially for small animals (which are often ignored because of their small stature); and thatTOL could take a closer look at neighborhoods with higher than normal reported road kill. Ipresent below some options for reducing the number of road kill due to habitat loss.