It’s peak roadkill season: who’s responsible for removing it?

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Since deer are in rut, people have noticed a lot more roadkill on the side of local streets.

Each city or town removes roadkill differently. In Eau Claire County, the state and county highways are the county’s responsibility. The city of Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, and nearby townships are responsible within their jurisdictions.

The big roadkill season runs from about August through November. Eau Claire County Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson said last year they got about 90 roadkill reports. Johnson said the public has been doing a great job reporting it this year, and wants drivers to keep an eye out.

“A stressful situation just be safe, and you know we don’t have signs up all over the place ’cause they are going to cross where they cross,” Johnson said. “Drive slow, we did two mowings this year to keep the grass to see a little better.”

The Wisconsin DOT recommends you call law enforcement if you hit a deer so it can be appropriately removed. Johnson said the laws have changed; roadkill is no longer piled in landfills, it can now be brought down into ditches to decompose naturally or be eaten by predators.

 

 

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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