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12A Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress California Roadkill Observation System seeks observers Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Plumas County is notorious for the number of deer-related vehicular accidents on our highways and byways. And the county is not alone in wildlife fatalities caused by vehicles. Roadkill occurs when vehicles collide with or run over wildlife, such as birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than a million animals are killed every day on our roads and highways. UC Davis' California Roadkill Observation Center created a website to provide a way for people to report roadkill so that researchers can understand and try to influence the factors that contribute to roadkill. This Web system can be used to record observations from observers out in the field who come across identifiable road-killed wildlife. This includes the type of animal and/or species found, where the roadkill was located, when it was found, how long it might have been dead, pictures of the roadkill and any additional details about road or traffic conditions. The system then displays a summary of this information for different animal groups across the state, which is available in considerable detail at wildlifecrossing.net. Why is roadkill information valuable? Information about where wildlife vehicle collisions occur, what animals are involved, on what kinds of roads are collisions frequent and other data can help inform policy, management and financial investment in reducing roadkill. The data collected are presented back to collaborators on the website and used to improve the collective understanding of how roadkill occurs and what can be done to reduce it. For instance, a crossing ed help wit your taxes? Leave the paperwork up to us. Steve Pezzullo, CPA Julia Gussett, CPA Mandy McGarva, CPA for an appointment today. t PEZZULLO & GUSSETT, CPAs, LLP ERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS ..... MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS .... Call 257-7721 2213 Main St., Susanville structure for wildlife was recently installed at Kyburz on Highway 89 north of Truckee. Terri Weist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist and roadkill observer, said, "These structures can run into millions of dollars so it is important to place them where they will do the most good and reduce not just the impact to wildlife but reduce injury to people as well." CROS is a research organization and its primary role is to understand the ecological, wildlife behavior and transportation contributions to this problem. This includes GIS (geographic information system) and statistical modeling to predict roadkill hotspots, to measure the contributing factors to roadkill, to quantify impacts and to estimate benefits of different remedial actions. CROS also collaborates with other organizations to get funding to support this work and to inform planning of structures and management practices to reduce wildlife vehicle collisions. For more information on hotspots or to report incidences of roadkill, go to wildlifecrossing.net. Nearly a hundred years ago the problem had already been identified. "This (roadkiU) is a relatively new source of fatality; and if one were to estimate the entire mileage of such roads in the state, the mortality must mount into the hundreds and perhaps thousands every 24 hours," said wildlife biologist Joseph Grinnell in 1920. Editor's note: This article includes excerpts from the CR( )S website. Mascot named at i'c:: t 1 The Lake Almanor Tavern offered both the community and guests the opportunity to win a $20 lunch by coming up with a name for the bar mascot. The winning lunch went to Magalia residents Jeanne'Fontana and James Brooks for suggesting the ceramic French bulldog be named "Capone." From left: Derek Anderson, Jeanne Fontana and James Brooks. Photo by Cheri Mclntire ' 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F 258-2261 o 271 Main St., Suite"A" Order prescriptions on-line, e-maih Our community benefits from it! To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.com St, Patrick's Day Fundraiser Thurs., March 13, 5:30-8pm Susanville Senior Center 1700 Sunkist Dr. Tickets at the door Adults '10, Children 10 and under *5 Corned Beef & Cabbage Silent Auction Take-Out Available