Early this week I came across a mother raccoon that had been killed on U.S. 2. One of her half-grown or perhaps even younger babies, unharmed, was clinging to her chest. The other baby was dead. After moving the bodies well off the highway, the little one returned to snuggle its dead mother.
We can stop a lot of this type of killing. If people would only use those deer warnings or deer alarms as they are called which are available in the automotive stores. They really work, emitting a sound which only animals can hear at speeds over 30 mph. Nothing has crossed my path in over 10 years since I started using them, and that includes opossums. They are inexpensive and can save animal lives, domestic as well as wild.