Injured raccoon demonstrates conflict between travel and nature

A Costa Rica raccoon, the likely victim of a hit-and-run driver, stands a good chance of full recovery.

Neighbors found the injured creature Tuesday afternoon on the side of the InterAmericana Sur highway in Pinturas Sur, Daniel Flores, Pérez Zeledón. Since raccoons are nocturnal animals, the chances are that the animal was injured by the side of the road since before sunup.

Fuerza Pública officers and workers for the Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía joined forced to get the injured animal into a patrol car and to take it to a veterinarian.

Officials said that the animal will be returned to the wilds as soon as it recovers.

The raccoon is lucky because all sorts of creatures are victims of vehicle mishaps, and most do not survive.

A Clarkson University professor has noted that many of Costa Rica’s parts are bisected by major highways. He said that this causes excessive mortality among animals who are traveling the natural corridors the parks provide.

The professor,  Tom Langen, said that he identified road kill hotspots in Costa Rica and passed this information on to transportation and park officials so they could find ways of reducing the animal deaths. That was in 2008, the university said.

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