“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land asa community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~AldoLeopold,
A Sand County Almanac
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever wedo to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”~Chief Seattle, 1855Many of the undeveloped parts of Willoughby that have been zoned for developmentcontain a diverse number of flora and fauna that make up unique ecosystems. Within thoseecosystems, each species plays an important role in the order of things. A disturbance to onespecies affects the dynamics of the entire ecosystem. Each species, no matter how small, hasits intrinsic value. It is our duty in promoting environmental stewardship to minimize ourimpact on wildlife and their habitat. And as such, while we need to build more housing forour increasing population, we need to do our utmost to develop with due care in order toaccommodate as much as possible the wildlife we are displacing, as they are the originalinhabitants.Two weeks after moving to Willoughby from Walnut Grove where we lived for 14 years, Iwitnessed the first road kill – an adult rabbit – in my new neighborhood, a few blocks frommy residence. I was saddened and immediately reported this to Engineering Division thatmorning of June 6. The adult rabbit was picked up around 4 pm that afternoon. Over thecourse of the day, I witnessed motor vehicles driving over the dead body without reverence.Over the next few weeks, I noticed rabbit kits foraging on the road shoulder where the firstadult rabbit was killed. I related my concerns to Engineering and made some suggestions.Approximately four weeks later, a rabbit kit was hit and killed by a motor vehicle at the samelocation. These two incidents prompted me to write my first letter to the TOL and Councilafter some research. In that letter, I made some recommendations for road kill reduction.Five weeks after the first road kill report, I received a phone call from Traffic Division thatnothing could be done pertaining to my concerns of the first two road kill.After the second road kill, I started to take my camera with me on my morning commute.Since the initial letter, I have written several more regarding road kill, and to date, havereceived two replies to these six letters. After a few months, I started to see some patternsin my observations and decided to compile everything I have observed and learned so far in areport. Thus this ‘Road Kill Report’ is the result of these observations and discoveries. Asalways, I provide recommendations to address the issues I bring forth. The goal is to haveCouncil adopt in principle the Recommendations in this Report, and fine-tune as required,based on specific circumstances and practicalities.