When the telegraph first came into general use in this country thousands of birds, particularly prairie chickens, were killed annually as a result of flying against the tightly stretched wires. On account of its great height, many birds collide with the Washington Monument, and are thus fatally injured; every lighthouse along the coast takes a great toll of birds during the year. The railroads destroy many animals also, but the automobile murders more wild animals than all the above-mentioned things combined. In the destruction of our wild fauna, it is next in importance to the rifle and shotgun. The Isaac Walton League and game conservationists in general might well give attention to the fearful depreciations of this modern "killer" of the highways.
©1931 by Iowa State Teachers College
Abbott, Roy L.
"The Toll of the Automobile,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 4:
3, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/science_bulletin/vol4/iss3/9