Monday, August 30, 2010
Death on the highway, or Minkie went kerblinkie
This female mink was tagged by a passing vehicle yesterday on Rt 70 in the Feather River Canyon.
She had no choice about crossing the highway and had probably crossed it many times before to move between Murphy Creek and the Feather River.
The more natural route would have been to swim through the Murphy Creek culvert under the highway.
This isn't possible because the water spills out of the culvert with such force that no sensible mink would consider it.
The location of her tragic ending has been memorialized in the California Roadkill Observation System. which I might add, all California roadkill aficionados should make use of.