This graph is about the amount of animals that were hit by cars in New Castle and Rye. It shows the data from the years of 2008 and 2009. I tried to figure out if a nocturnal or diurnal animal was hit more. I thought that nocturnal animals were going to be hit more because they hunt and scavenge at night. I thought that there would be drunk drivers at night or there would be people that are less cautious so they would hit the animals that were out at the time.
After I did all of my research I discovered that I was wrong, diurnal animals were hit a lot more often than nocturnal animals. It seems that nocturnal animals survived more than the diurnal animals this year. This effect may have happened because we have more diurnal animals than nocturnal animals in this area. It also may have happened because more people drive during the day and not at night.
This is not what I expected. I expected more nocturnal because of the behavior of the drivers at night. Other variables that could have affected my data is that some of the animals could have had rabies. When nocturnal animals have rabies they walk around during the day and they don’t really know what they are doing.
For next year, I predict the same thing will happen. More diurnal animals will get hit than nocturnal animals. A big case of rabies could hit the nocturnal animals and may make them wonder around during the day and get hit by cars.