The boar in the photo is a life-size model weighing 150 kg - part of a test conducted by Germany's ADAC automobile club in response to a growing number of roadkill incidents involving large mammals. Hundreds of thousands of wild boars roam freely in Europe. If you encounter a boar in the road, the appropriate response may be counterintuitive:
Unfortunately for the animals that stray onto roads, ADAC recommended that drivers do not swerve to avoid them. Trying to spare the animal's life by shifting to the opposite lane entails the far greater danger of smashing into an oncoming car, it said.
That recommendation will be music to the ears of a variety of scavengers, including perhaps some humans. Two years ago poachers in England were leaving jam sandwiches in the roadways in order to lure deer into roadkill situations.
Link. Photo credit ADAC.
I've noticed from my own personal experience that there seem to be more animals on the tar roads just after dark, I've always wondered if it is because the road surface retains heat for longer, because it's not natural for these animals to seek out clearings in the bush at night.
Sure it does. Better to hit 330 pounds of animal at 45 mph then 3500 pounds of metal at 90 mph (45+45).