Tying in another thread for reference: E-bike Roadkill? No, just Roadstunned
I hit a raccoon tonight on the way home; not at all thrilled
I was on a short stretch of road that divides the urban part of Redmond from the rural part, and there's a moderately large stream ("Bear Creek") in close proximity. I have rarely seen critters cross here before, although once I saw deer on the leeward side where wildlife should be.
This is really dreadful to explain:
At least two raccoons bolted out from the shadows directly in front of me. I had installed the new headlights earlier this evening (thread starts here
) which enabled me to see well ahead. There was just enough time to tap brakes to avoid hitting the larger raccoon (perhaps male?), but the second one in line got the full force of my 127 lb. ebike smack down about the head and neck, stopping that critter's forward motion, and the rear tire caught it too. I did not feel any "crunch"; it was more like lumpy hard dirt... and the force of the impact did little to alter my forward motion which was at least 35 mph.
I tried to look back though could not tell if the creature became roadkill. That section of road has a middle median w/o opportunity to pull a U and go back... which would bring up a new set of issues: I have trapped raccoons before when I had the tree farm. They were intruding on my domain and taking over at a time when I needed to protect my domestic critters (a fancy way of saying I gots house pets). Raccoons are dirty nasty creatures, and they smell terribly. They do not fear humans, and you don't want to get bit.
Much as I dislike raccoons though, no critter deserves to get hit. There might have been more family in tow - but I never saw them.
Mixed-up and sad; it's my first critter hit in a long time, though maybe not my first on the ebike... I'd have to think about that.
I fear that somewhere there's a furry guy w/o his mate, and I am the cause. KF