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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 group.

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 territory.

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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