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RE: Road Kill - update

Regarding this subject discussed earlier this year, I recently saw where a
community in Alberta, Canada uses road kill collected all winter, to feed
hungry wild bears coming out of hibernation in the spring. The bears,
ravenous after a long winter fast, would attack cattle herds in the spring
and cause large losses of livestock. The carcasses of elk, dear, etc. were
collected from the roadside, kept frozen during the winter and then airlifted
in the spring to known bear territory. The year before the program started 95
bear attacks on livestock were recorded. The year of the first airlift, no
cattle deaths due to bear attacks were recorded. Beyond this, many smaller
and some endangered animals including and wolves and eagles were seen feeding
on the frozen road kill.  My hope would be that a region might not
necessarily need a cold Canadian type winter to make this Program work. FYI

Deborah MacCormac
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
P2 - Front Porch

-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald J. Pinkoski [mailto:rjpinkoski@deq.state.va.us]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 8:18 AM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net; rpojasek@sprynet.com
Subject: re: Road Kill

Good morning Bob.  Here are a few links that might provide some ideas.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (http://www.jhwildlife.org/roadkill.html) - 
discusses the work they are doing;

UC Berkely's Institute of Transportation Studies 
l.html) - contains a bibliography and some related web sites.

And there's an article from the Billings Gazette that discusses some attempts

at finding solutions 

I seem to remember some folks in Pennsylvania that were trying devices that 
would "scare" the animals back into the woods, but I don't have any more 

On the disposal side, I can see how it could get expensive if the Town can't 
compost, or send it the caracsses straight to the landfill.  Some states have

programs where the animal can be taken for food (within limits), but there 
isn't must demand for skunk meat.  We have a med. waste treatment facility 
here in Tidewater Virginia with a big autoclave; if one is available, could 
they autoclave and landfill (although that might be even more expensive than 

Interesting question.  I hope there is something in here that helps...R.

Ron Pinkoski
Office of Pollution Prevention
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Tidewater Regional Office
5636 Southern Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-518-2007/-2103 (fax)
---------- Original Text ----------

From: "Robert Pojasek" <rpojasek@sprynet.com>, on 2/21/02 6:21 PM:
To: SMTP@RCHMD.01@Servers[<p2tech@great-lakes.net>]

I am preparing a pollution prevention plan for a local government to 
satisfy a SEP issued by the US EPA.  The town has been told by the state 
that it must have road kill incinerated.  It does not permit burial and the 
state does not let municipal incinerators burn carcasses.  The annual cost 
to the town is in excess of $30,000.  Because the State has lowered 
payments to the town in this fiscal year due to declining tax revenues, 
they just laid off a dispatcher at the police department.  Savings of this 
money would allow them to re-institute this important position.  I know 
that the National Laboratories all have programs to prevent road kill with 
signage, lighting, fencing and other devices.  Is anyone familiar with any 
studies aimed at preventing general road kill?  There is a restaurant at 
Moosehead Lake called the "Road Kill Cafe."  Most of the people that go in 
there only buy the tee shirts but do not enjoy eating there!  But then, 
this is not really prevention.

Any ideas?


Dr. Robert B. Pojasek
Pojasek & Associates
PO Box 1333
E. Arlington, MA 02474-0071
(v) 781-641-2422
(f)  781-465-6006