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Badger road deaths continue to fall

Isle of Wight News - December 1999

The Isle of Wight Badger Group has reported a small fall in the number of deaths of the nocturnal mammal on Island roads in the past year.

It believes motorists’ awareness of badgers is contributing to the improving position.

Group spokesman, David Randall, said a total of 76 badgers had died on Island roads this year, compared to 77 last year and 88 in 1997.

“Hopefully the trend will continue as drivers become increasingly aware of the fact that badgers are around - especially at night,” he said.

Mr Randall added that road accidents were still the biggest killer of badgers on the Island, with the blackspots continuing to be on the major roads through Niton, Whitwell and Bierley - where the badger population is the greatest.

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