We doubt whether it will ever rate as a question on Jeopardy, but data compiled by a California university researcher has found that the most common carrion on Golden State highways and byways is raccoon.
"I'd like Roadkill for $500, Alex."
The research being compiled by the University of California-Davis using volunteer observers of flattened roadway carcasses has found that raccoons account for the highest percentage of roadkill -- roughly 12 percent.
The leading five unfortunate victims of automotive demise are raccoons at 932, striped skunks, 556; California ground squirrels, 507; opossums, 436 and mule deer, 376.
Schilling is using the online reporting system to chronicle animal road deaths in hopes of helping transportation planners design more wildlife-friendly roads.
"Thousands of animals are killed on California's roads every day, including endangered species," Shilling said. "This is a threat to the state's natural legacy and, for some species, their very existence."
There was no immediate comment on Schilling's intent to reduce roadkill from the buzzard and scavenger community.