Love Your Monuments? Please Slow Down!

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Here’s an awesome and timely heads up from Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington:

“Watch for Wildlife

The days are turning shorter and the nights colder. Fall is the time of year when wildlife is on the move, preparing for a difficult winter. While winters in the Columbia Basin aren’t that stressful to wildlife, nonetheless creatures here follow the natural instincts of their kind everywhere and are on the move preparing for winter. This is also the time of year when young are dispersing, leaving their birthplace to find territories of their own. Drivers need to slow down and keep a constant watch for wildlife. Haven’t you noticed more dead animals along the road lately? There’s always an upswing of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the fall. So, if getting home 23 seconds sooner is worth squashing a squirrel, mangling a marmot, bashing a beaver, or demolishing a deer, then by all means, keep driving like you’re on the NASCAR circuit. Apart from the permanent damage to wildlife, you’ll incur several hundred dollars worth of damage to your car. So, why don’t you just follow the traffic laws instead? Both your fellow drivers and our wildlife will thank you.”

Learn more about this monument here

“Welcome to the Hanford Reach National Monument—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first national monument.”

Image credit and sources:

Image from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “About Hanford Reach National Monument

Text from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Of Special Interest: Watch for Wildlife” and “About Hanford Reach National Monument

 

Love Your Monuments? Please Slow Down!

 

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