The June 21st edition of WSJ featured
new wildlife overpasses and how they can save the lives of both drivers and wildlife trying to cross major roads. Cameras in 29 of these wildlife crossings indicated that almost 23,000 animals crossed during 2015, double the number from a year before. Roadkills along these highways decreased by 80 percent while roadkills increased in roadways without the crossings. Around 200 people and 29,000 animals annually are killed in wildlife-vehicle collisions, so these crossings show promise of significantly reducing such deaths. A new crossing is being planned for Agoura Hills near Los Angeles primarily to allow rare resident mountain lions to pass through that area safely.
Photo Credit: JEFF BURRELL/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY