If you or someone else has been involved in a road kill, you must always practice these basic steps to avoid endangering yourself or further endangering the animal if it is not dead.
Do not or try to move the animal yourself.
- You are not an expert at this and your intervention could cause further pain and suffering to the animal if you act on instinct to simply pick up the animal and rush it to a vet. Wait of the experts to come and deal with it.
Do Not Touch The Animals
- You do not know if the animal has any disease and you certainly do not want to get infected if you touch a bleeding animal with your bare hands and the blood manages to get on your skin.
Do Not Celebrate
- You have many heartless people who believe that hitting down animals with vehicles is a just cause to pop out a few beer cans and start jumping around in celebration. That kind of behave is inhumane and just downright horrible. An animal has feelings and a life just like you.
Don't Step Out of Your Vehicle With Large Animals
- If for instants you hit a moose, the moose may not be dead and may just be unconscious for a few minutes. If you step out of your vehicle and approach that large angry moose. Chances are it will charge at you and may cause you to become road kill.
Call The Local Authorities for Diseased Animal Pickup.
- The local authority number is easy to find online using your phone. They have all the knowledge and expertise in dealing with road kills.
When an animal is killed on the road, you would usually call your local department of sanitation. Normally when you call you should state that you are requesting a diseased animal pickup. Naturally they will ask you a few questions like your name, location of the diseased animal and so forth. Then they will assign a "road kill animal collector" or a Diseased animal Sanitization Officer to deal with the matter.
The Diseased animal collection officer ensures that he is always protected by wearing the requisite items authorized by the department for sterilization and sanitation.
What Do They Do With Road Kills
Animals involved in vehicle collision are disposed in numerous ways, it depends on probably what state you are in and what are the laws which govern disposing of dead animals. In New Jersey, most dead deer and other roadkill are taken to landfills. In New York, animals are sometimes buried as part of a composting process that allows the animal to decompose underneath wood chips. Some people collect road kill for meat consumption, but you may need a permit for this if the authorities sees you collecting a dead deer, horse or moose. It is also rumored that many road kills especially deer is collected and sold to zoos for the feeding of large cats and other carnivores. In some states, road kills are cremated.
How To Avoid Being Involved In a Road Kill
When traversing known roads which are known for high level of road kills, cut your speed and look out for these animals. You may not be able to avoid them all, but at least you made the genuine effort. At areas where animals are known to cross regularly, use up your horn to signal these animals and frighten them away from the road. One more important point is to don't drive intoxicated. You may end up as part of the road kill yourself.