There needs to be a hen crossing the highway joke someplace in right here, however I’m not discovering it. Nonetheless, right here’s a number of minutes of wildlife having a a lot simpler journey by Utah due to a model new wildlife crossing.
In response to Nationwide Geographic, one stretch of Utah freeway noticed “98 deer, three moose, two elk, a number of raccoons, and a cougar … a complete of 106 animals” killed by vehicles in a two yr interval. Additional, there are 21 threatened and endangered species within the U.S. whose continued existence is threatened particularly by vehicles together with “Key deer in Florida, bighorn sheep in California, and red-bellied turtles in Alabama.” Wildlife crashes kill folks, too, in fact. “Over essentially the most lately reported 15-year interval, wildlife-vehicle collisions have elevated by 50 %, with an estimated one to 2 million massive animals killed by motorists yearly,” says Rob Ament, the highway ecology program supervisor on the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State College.
So right here’s a chic resolution that additionally gives a enjoyable alternative for science and leisure with cameras arrange. “You may get reductions of 85 to 95 % with crossings and fencing that information animals beneath or over highways,” Ament says. Whereas we’re making our want lists for Biden administration infrastructure tasks, right here’s an excellent one.