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I BRAKE FOR ANIMALS

 

When I was a kid my grandmother had a 1970 Cadillac that had a "I Brake For Animals" sticker on the rear bumper. This was to give the driver behind her a warning ahead of time when a squirrel, dog or butterfly crossed the road. She didn't hesitate to lay down on the brakes. Many times I hit my head on the windshield as she stopped for any living creature. That was back before anybody wore seatbelts. I never remember her ever hitting anything. That was good for everybody.

So below is a list of animals that frequently cross roadways and the dates that large numbers seem to be on the move. Unfortunately many animals die on Tennessee roadways. If you've ever hit a deer, a turtle or someone's dog, it's something you never forget.  So be on the lookout for animals looking for a mate, food, water or just a better place to live. They weren't taught to look before crossing!!!! And remember if the animal is a game animal, call the TWRA and report it. Thanks!

 

Box Turtles- mid May thru mid June, mid July

Possums- At night ,mid May, through the winter when weather changes

Frogs- April-May or when it rains

Dogs & Cats- All times

Buzzards- mid May

Skunk- February (mating season from Jan-April)

Deer- November or when weather changes cold front

Owls- Right at dark and late at night

Red Fox- Winter is mating season. And at night.

Gray Fox- Most active at night

 

 

 

 

 http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2012-12-27/drivers-try-hit-crossing-turtles-sc-study-finds

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/09-11-2012/eastern-box-turtles-meet-fayetteville-city-council

 http://www.naturalheritage.com/citizen-science/past_projects/box_turtle/turtlethreats.aspx