No Worries for Indecisive Squirrels in This Town
January 11, 2018 12:31pm CST
I must report that the squirrels in our neighborhood are indecisive creatures. Oh sure, they start to cross the street, change their minds, and then turn around and go back to the side of the street from which they came when least expected. Being indecisive when cars are making their way up and down a street often results in disaster for squirrels who cannot make up their little minds. Those cannot-make-up-my-mind squirrels are victims of hit-and-run accidents on a regular basis. A squirrel hit-and-run ends in dead squirrel. Amos Peters, a construction firm owner in Longview, Washington, was fed up with cars hitting and killing squirrels. From his office window, Peters saw the carnage every single day. Mr. Peters had some architect buddies of his construct the "Nutty Narrows Bridge." Thanks to the bridge, the squirrels can cross the very busy road via the bridge, and they can change direction whenever they want without becoming road-kill. During the Christmas season, a tiny lighted tree is placed in the middle of the bridge. Too cute.
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@marguicha Yes, they do. The animals have to use the bridges because there are fences between the forest and the motorway. Most animals are not so silly to jump across the fences and use the bridges instead if they want to get to another part of the forest. Yet, these bridges only exist across motorways. I've just checked the info on the net concerning accidents with game. The numbers are incredible! The latest numbers are from 2015: 212.800 deer and wild boar were killed in car accidents (to say nothing about foxes, martens, weasels, hedgehogs).
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I absolutely love squirrels but don’t see many here at all, even when we walk the dogs in the woods we barely see any. When I was 5 and we used to go out walking the dogs in the woods we would see so many running around, rather sad that there are now so few of them. Anyway that’s great about the bridge and someone cared enough to do that :)