WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –If you’re driving along the road and you start to notice a lot of road kill. Animal Control Officer Ken Fraiser says that’s not out of the ordinary. “Rabies runs in a cycle, where one year you’ll have a lot of cases, what happens is more animals are dying off than coming in. it’s a cycle, nature knows how to do it.”
It does seem like we’re seeing roadkill way more often.
Fraiser assures that animal suicide isn’t causing the uptick…
However, they don’t pick up animals like squirrels or birds. They don’t really have to. “Squirrels are in the food chain. There’s all kinds of critters at night that clean up the highway for small animals.”
Fraiser adds that another reason why we might be seeing more roadkill is because animals are leaving the nest, and looking for food heading into the winter.
Yet, this job isn’t for the squeamish. It can’t be. “No, no, no I have an assistant. She gets a little squeamish. Sometimes I do against a skunk. Sometimes you get a deer that’s been laying there 3-4 days, in 90 degree weather, it gets pretty ripe.”
Roadkill can also be a health hazard because of rabies. According to Fraizer, more so in the summer than in the winter. If you want to cut back on road kill, Fraiser warns that other animals are attracted when you put out food for stray dogs and cats.