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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

While biking in a local park, i suddenly ran over a squirrel and killed it. It had plenty of room, not to mention that she was on the grass   

and i was on the road and we were at least 2-3 feet apart. 

I feel terrible. I love animals more than people, but it just happened.

In the mornings when i run my 8K, i constantly chase the squirrels from the sidewalk towards the park fro them not to get run over by cars. 

Once i even remembered, that i stopped my car across the traffic lanes, because i saw a squirrel with four babies. I immediately  sent my daughter across the oncoming lanes to stop traffic  the other side and  after the family crossed safely, when i guided to safety.

But not today, it was not meant to be.

RIP, squirrel.

post #2 of 13
Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

While biking in a local park, i suddenly ran over a squirrel and killed it.


Well, at least you didn't do it gradually. eek.gif


Next time the animal kingdom may get you back. I've had several close calls with skunks, porcupines, and turkeys. I know it's only a matter of time before I get the short end of the stick in one of these encounters.

post #3 of 13

Ya, payback is a bitch!


I hate seeing the little critters get hit.  It's OK though, buzzards gotta eat too.

post #4 of 13
Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

I feel terrible. I love animals more than people, but it just happened.


RIP, squirrel.

You made a predator or a scavenger very happy.  They thank you.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies guys. What puzzles me is that the squirrel was on the grass in the meadow and had all the space in the world, but she ran onto the road, instead of opposite direction.
post #6 of 13

Wildlife survival for prey species is all about evading predators that frequently attack in a straight line.  You cannot predict the direction a squirrel or for that matter a deer will launch when startled, and it is likely to change directions several times within a short distance.  Sometimes that puts the animal directly in your path.  It works to evade hawks and coyotes...sometimes.  Herding animals will often cross right in front of you to join their herd.


FWIW, don't put yourself and especially your daughter in danger by stopping in traffic lanes or making abrupt evasive maneuvers or running about in traffic.  Regardless of how you feel about the hierarchy of life, it just isn't worth it to risk your life or others for an animal.  Straight-line emergency braking where you can safely do it is your best bet.  On a bicycle, you were lucky to stay upright and not be hurt.

post #7 of 13

I once saw a squirrel run through my friends front wheel. He went right between the spokes and kept going.

post #8 of 13
I had a squirrel bounce off my bike near my pedals when commuting to work a couple years ago. He scampered away ok. I wonder if the one you hit just got knocked silly, then recovered later? Last year I saw a tremendous wreck involving humans and animals when a cyclist passed me on a bike trail. Fifty yards ahead he called out, then started to pass between two dog walkers moving in opposite directions on the path. But just before he passed between them one of their dogs jumped across the path to sniff a dog on the other side. The cyclist got caught up in the dog's leash and did a complete somersault in the air with bike! It was like something from the circus stunt team. The dog howled and was thrown 15 feet into the bushes beside the path. The cyclist landed hard and got lots of road rash and possibly a broken wrist, also some mild shock. The dog came trotting back a minute later and looked ok. The cyclist was moving pretty fast, but the dog walkers were completely at fault for not keeping the dog on a shorter leash. I was glad no one seemed to get seriously hurt. I rode away from the scene after about five minutes, greatly sobered. It was a busy morning and a lot of other people had stopped to help.
post #9 of 13
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Ya, payback is a bitch!

post #10 of 13

My dogs protect me from malicious attacks by the secret squirrel cabal.

post #11 of 13

Deer on the roads have caused more than a little damage on vehicles, including mine.  At night they come out of the brush just in front of you freeze up and whap.  The lights lock them up temporarily and they can not respond.  


Have read this but wonder if anybody else has tried it.  DOES THIS WORK?


If you have a deer freeze in your headlights, turn off the lights and turn them back on.  Supposedly this frees the deer's sensory abilities and they can move.  


When Bambi goes kamikaze it can get real bad real fast.  A fried hit a deer while doing about 35 on a Harley.  The bike was totaled and he was in the hospital for nearly 3 month. 


Back to getting squirrelly now.

post #12 of 13
Originally Posted by Stranger View Post


Have read this but wonder if anybody else has tried it.  DOES THIS WORK?




I'm skeptical.  I think your reaction time to turn off your lights, plus the deer's to move, is just way too great. 


I grew up in a migratory path and hit three during high school.  None were stopped when I hit them.

After the third one, my father was ripping me a new one while driving me home.  Three doe's came out of the woods up ahead, so he stopped the car.  Then a buck came out, ran into the side his car and ran off.


That's when I knew god loved me!

post #13 of 13

I nearly got an iguana on my bike last week (they're like Costa Rican squirrels I suppose). Someone was trying to catch it and it bolted right across the road. Locked the tires up and stopped just inches short of it.

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