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More interesting roadkill stats…
- 4 million – Miles of roads in the United States
- 226 million – Number of vehicles registered in the United States
- 23 trillion – Vehicle miles traveled in the United States in 2002
- 6.3 million – Number of automobile accidents annually in the United States
- 253,000 – Number of animal-vehicle accidents annually
- 50 – Estimated percentage of vehicle-large animal collisions that go unreported
- 90 – Percentage of animal-vehicle collisions that involve deer
- $2,000 – Average minimum cost for repairing a vehicle after a collision with a deer
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- 200 – Number of human deaths annually resulting from vehicle-wildlife collisions
- 6 – Number of bears killed last year by vehicles in Yellowstone National Park
- 1,559 – Number of animals killed on Yellowstone National Park roads from 1989-2003. Figure includes 556 elk, 192 bison, 135 coyotes, 112 moose, 24 antelope and 3 bobcats
- 2,349 – Number of large animals killed on New Mexico roads in 2001. Figure includes 30 black bears, 160 elk and 600 deer
- 51,000 – Number of vertebrates killed in and around Saguaro National Park by automobiles each year. Figure includes 1,400 birds, 6,500 mammals, 26,000 reptiles and 17,000 amphibians
- 25,000 – Number of Roadkill Bingo games sold by the Colorado company that invented the game
- 93 – Percentage by which desert tortoise roadkill was reduced after fencing and culverts were installed on one 15-mile stretch of Mojave Desert highway
- 40 – Percentage by which deer-vehicle collisions were reduced after installation of a deer crosswalk system in northeast Utah
Source: High Country News, February 2005