Roaming badgers perish on Scottish roads
16 October 2007 - BBC News
Up to 800 badgers are reported killed on roads each year Badgers have
suffered another bad autumn on Scotland's roads, according to a conservation
Scottish Badgers said it had received reports of 72 deaths in September and
27 so far in October. There were reports of 73 and 68 deaths in the same months
last year. Autumn is when the animals roam around marking current or new
Ian Hutchison, of Scottish Badgers, said up to 800 of the mammals perished on
roads every year. He said his statistics relied upon reports of casualties being
sent to him. Mr Hutchison estimated that as many as 2,000 badgers may be getting
knocked down and killed each year.
One of the routes with the highest numbers of casualties is the A96 from
Aberdeen to Inverness. Over the last four to five years, 205 badgers have been
killed on the Highlands stretch of the road and 173 on the Grampian section. So
far this year, 42 have died on the A96 - 34 of them in the Highlands.
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