Slow & Steady Saves the Animals

It’s incredibly sad when we lose wildlife to avoidable human causes like being hit by a car. Recent deaths of key individuals from highly endangered populations of mountain lions in California and Florida due to vehicle collisions have sparked a flurry of conversation on social media on how to avoid killing wildlife on our roads.

“I slow down first, then I stay vigilant,” said Beth Gowdy in response to a Mountain Lion Foundation post on Facebook that asked people what they do to avoid hitting wildlife when driving. “I slow down even if it annoys other drivers,” said Sandy Masuo, who raises a good point — on two lane roads, especially ones that lead through or pass alongside wild areas, you shouldn’t allow other drivers to pressure you to speed up.

Mountain lions are crepuscular, meaning they’re most active around dusk and dawn. Maggie Rufo mentioned that she turns down her interior dashboard lights as low as possible and drives with high beams on whenever possible. “If you reduce the light shining into your eyes from the dashboard, you have a better chance of seeing the eye shine of animals on the side of the road,” she said.

It’s unfortunate that it often takes a tragedy to spark necessary conversations about safety, but concerned community members giving good advice on how to avoid killing wildlife on the road gives us a silver lining. So keep a light foot on the pedal, remain aware of the potential for crossing animals on the side of the road, and tell others to do the same; you might just save some mountain lions!

Aaron Huelsman

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