Each year, NIWRA admits raptors that have been hit by vehicles while hunting for food beside the road.
Think twice before tossing that apple core out the window.
Roadside litter, even biodegradable items such as apple cores and banana peels, can have a devastating impact on wild animals. Food thrown from vehicles attracts rodents, which in turn attract hunting raptors and other animals to the side of the road where they are often hit by automobiles. If animals learn that roadways are a good source of food, they will often return or stay to search for a meal.
An injured owl on a car bumper.
Food and beverage containers can also be deadly. Many small animals crawl into discarded bottles or jars and get stuck and starve to death.
If you have food waste, properly dispose of it in a waste or compost bin. Check on where there are local drop-off bins along your travel route, or take a container with you to keep your scraps and dispose of them later.
By making sure that all waste and compost is properly disposed of, you can help prevent injury to wild animals, and keep our roads safe!
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