I now know why you see so many dead squirrels in the road...- Mtbr.com
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    I now know why you see so many dead squirrels in the road...

    ... or at least one reason.

    There's a trail along the SF Bay where I ride sometimes with a paved section, then some grass, then a dirt trail, and then the bay. Apparently it is the squirrels' instinct to run back to the hole when something is approaching, even if it means running directly into or into the path of that thing. I've run over two squirrels in the last few months who were eating or hanging out in the section between the dirt trail and the pavement, who as I rode by in the dirt, turned and ran right under my wheels toward the bay - and dodged literally dozens of others attempting the same thing. Only one in five or so is smart enough to stop rather than running directly in front of or under the bike. I feel terrible about it but the little buggers are too quick to stop for!

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    Natural selection doing its beautiful work.

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    Apparently. I can totally intellectualize that, but it's still pretty damned guilt inducing running over the cute little things...

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    Better to run them over than to guillotine them in your wheel spokes. It makes one hell of a mess

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    Ouch. Thank heaven for small favors...

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    it is suicide Helps with my guilt

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    I have the same problem with them around here. Each time the squirrel ran between my wheels and got ran over by the rear wheel. Now as soon as I see one near the trail I whistle to let them know something is coming. I haven't run over one since I started doing that.

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    Collateral damage!! Too bad tho

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