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