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    Road Kill in the Bike Lane

    There's a dead raccoon in the bike lane on one of the roads I take to work. It's been there for at least a week. Did I mention it's been over 100 degrees here for the past three days?

    "By this time he stinketh." (John 11:39, KJV)

    I contacted the county, and I was told, "Unfortunately we do not pick up small animals from the roadway. Animal Services will pick up dead dogs and cats, but they also do not pick up small wild animals. Sorry we couldn't help." I tried making the case that this raccoon isn't particularly small relative to the width of the bike lane but to no avail.

    Asking Google, I found (via the county web site):

    Animal Services responds to requests to pick-up dead dogs and cats only.

    If the dead animal is a deer or elk, then please call Washington County Land Use & Transportation, Operations division to request a pick-up.

    If the dead animal is livestock (cow, horse, sheep) and in the road, then please call Washington County Land Use & Transportation.

    If the dead animal is a wild animal (coyote, opossum, skunk, etc.), then Animal Services will not pick-up the remains.

    Please call your local city's public works department for assistance.
    Unfortunately, this particular critter met his fate in an unincorporated area.

    By next Monday, I'd probably be able to pass it off as a cat, so maybe I can take an alternate route until then. Anyone have any other ideas for getting someone to come get this carcass?

    UPDATE: Now with pictures (see page 3)
    Last edited by Andy_K; 09-05-09 at 01:17 AM. Reason: Now with pictures (see page 3)

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    you, camping shovel, side of path.
    Sounds like thats your alternative...or hold your breath.

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    Attach a BOB trailer and make some extra cash.
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    If I don't get better answers than that, I'm posting a picture. You've all been warned!

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    At 100 degrees, consider it a slowly cooked meal.
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    Ahh the sweet smell of decaying flesh

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    +1 for the camp shovel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    If I don't get better answers than that, I'm posting a picture. You've all been warned!
    They deserve it!
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    If I don't get better answers than that, I'm posting a picture. You've all been warned!
    What's wrong with the camp shovel idea? I'd say your chances of getting someone else to solve your problem are pretty low, so why not just solve it yourself, if it really needs to be solved?
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

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    Throw it off in the bushes and let nature take it's course. I don't know how many times I've surprised the vultures down here while coming around a bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    What's wrong with the camp shovel idea? I'd say your chances of getting someone else to solve your problem are pretty low, so why not just solve it yourself, if it really needs to be solved?
    Agreed. Similar situation once on our club's invitational ride when I was volunteering as a SAG driver. Dead bobcat right in the bike lane that 2500 women would be riding along in the next couple hours. Much quicker and effective to dispose of the remains in some nearby bushes than to get the appropriate authorities to come out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    What's wrong with the camp shovel idea? I'd say your chances of getting someone else to solve your problem are pretty low, so why not just solve it yourself, if it really needs to be solved?
    What's wrong with it is that this isn't a bike path through the woods, it's a bike lane on a suburban street. The "side of the path" is somebody's yard. The only way for me to take care of it would be to toss it in my pannier and ride to the nearest dumpster -- not gonna happen.

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    Racoon, bah! Last year I was a 'walker' and not a 'biker'. One morning there was a
    dead deer along the roadway that I walked every day.

    It was about a month before the carcass vanished... I suspect coyotes finally dragged
    the reeking mess off of the roadway.

    Yuck.

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    You can always expand on the camp shovel idea and instead of burying it somewhere, just take it to the public works office and drop it in front of their main entrance so it will be waiting for them in the morning. Then, after they clean it up, you have established precedence for next time you encounter a dead animal. When they tell you we don't clean those up, you can point out that you know for a fact they do!

    Of course, this has the disadvantage that you must confess your misdemeanor.

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    OK, garbage day, carry a 30gallon bag with you and grab that sucker, tie it up and drop it in the closest available can.

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    I was riding into town and passed a dead deer that looked a little odd....some kids had tagged it with black spray paint. That made me laugh for the next mile.
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    That BOB trailer idea aint lookin' so bad now.. huh.. HUH ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    What's wrong with it is that this isn't a bike path through the woods, it's a bike lane on a suburban street. The "side of the path" is somebody's yard. The only way for me to take care of it would be to toss it in my pannier and ride to the nearest dumpster -- not gonna happen.
    I'd drag it out of the bike lane onto the edge of the road, then, if you can do that without creating a hazard. I guess it being suburbia explains it some, but I'm surprised that scavengers haven't dealt with the problem already.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

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    Push it into the roadway lane, where it will get smashed to oblivion and wash away by weekend.
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    Aid the decomposition process by driving over it every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd View Post
    Push it into the roadway lane, where it will get smashed to oblivion and wash away by weekend.
    There you go, if it gets flat enough we could have an Ultimate Racoon game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd View Post
    Push it into the roadway lane, where it will get smashed to oblivion and wash away by weekend.
    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    There you go, if it gets flat enough we could have an Ultimate Racoon game.
    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    Aid the decomposition process by driving over it every day.
    Best thread of the week. I've been giggling my butt off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd View Post
    Push it into the roadway lane, where it will get smashed to oblivion and wash away by weekend.
    It is obvious that you ought to be taking the lane. Had the raccoon stayed out of the bike lane, he would be alive today!
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    This is a funny thread when you know where this is happening

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    Heck, just call it in as a cat, you didn't know. When the worker comes all the way out and sees that it's dead wildlife, I bet he picks it up just to make the trip worthwhile.
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