Wildlife crossings stop roadkill. Why aren't there more?

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  • Published on:  Monday, July 3, 2017
  • A better way for animals to cross the road.


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    Sources:
    Highway Wilding: http://www.highwaywilding.org/
    ARC Solutions: https://arc-solutions.org/
    Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Reduction Study: Report To Congress: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/08034/exec.cfm#sec01
    Western Transportation Institute Road Ecology Program: https://westerntransportationinstitute.org/programs/road-ecology/
    "How Effective Is Road Mitigation at Reducing Road-Kill? A Meta-Analysis" T. Rytwinski et. al: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27870889

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    El-polacio.com: https://cnclips.net/video/E4KpjwcJs24/video.html
    Benjamin P. Y-H. Lee: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wildlife_overpass_in_Singapore.jpeg
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    Maine Audobon: https://cnclips.net/video/WFUqPffRuEg/video.html
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    Tamsin Mackay: https://cnclips.net/video/AxfLddaWS7g/video.html
    Ganesh Raghunathan: https://cnclips.net/video/0bverFVj-OY/video.html
    Isydia Vibes: https://cnclips.net/video/imSMcX16ZzU/video.html
    Washington State Department of Transportation: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/make-way-for-wildlife-building-i-90.html
    Wyoming Department of Transportation: https://cnclips.net/video/slE0wem1z6g/video.html

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    Roadkill harms animals, endangers drivers, and costs billions of dollars every year. In Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, wildlife scientist Tony Clevenger and other researchers have proven that constructing overpasses and underpasses for animals decreases roadkill and improves ecological connectivity. Many animals, including deer, elk, grizzlies, moose, lynx, cougars and others, have been recorded using the structures. Although animal crossing structures have been fairly common in Europe for a few decades, there are relatively few in North America. In The United States, the crossing structures that have been built, in places like Washington State and Wyoming, were partly inspired by the research Clevenger conducted in Banff. To create even more of them, Clevenger worked with a team of experts, including ecologist Nina-Marie Lister, to organize a design competition. The competition, named ARC solutions, was held in order to generate more cost-effective crossing designs that are also sustainable and environmentally friendly. The competition generated many new models for animal crossings and Clevenger and Lister hope that highway planners will adjust their approach to structure design based on them.

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  • Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Guess what, federal government doesn’t pay for state roads. States do.

  • PULSE 0702
    PULSE 0702  2 days ago

    In Australia we have heaps of these small net "bridges" over highways designed to let possums cross without touching the ground

  • BLACKOMI
    BLACKOMI  3 days ago

    Great hunting spots 😂

  • Kevin Faherty
    Kevin Faherty  4 days ago

    Just so everyone knows.... Banff is in Canada...

  • Darren Navarro
    Darren Navarro  4 days ago

    Deer insurance?

  • Mini Plunger
    Mini Plunger  7 days ago +1

    This new animal crossing game is weird

  • Courtney
    Courtney  7 days ago +2

    What about if we build more of these wildlife crossings instead of funding wars, just a thought you know

  • IlGiftedlI
    IlGiftedlI  14 days ago

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just make the road arch like a false bridge and the animals would use the area underneath to cross over?

  • Vilma Tuulia
    Vilma Tuulia  14 days ago

    in Finland we have these!

  • TheTitanium Champs

    Good question

  • Pradumna V Saraf
    Pradumna V Saraf  14 days ago

    Animal Is Killing Animal

  • Jaqueline Luna
    Jaqueline Luna  14 days ago

    Um I pass through an “arc” all the time when passing through Nevada mountain ranges it’s actually quite common here since we have so many wild horses n deers causing crashes so yeah

  • angelgodric
    angelgodric  14 days ago

    Georgia need this in all roads.

  • Immanuel J
    Immanuel J  21 days ago

    Since this video Colorado has built multiple of these crossings. I’ve seen a few of them not sure if they were the specific design mentioned in the video though.

  • Buzzmas
    Buzzmas  21 days ago

    Im not sure exactly how all that government tax stuff works, but should the people get to take votes on what things to spend at least a portion of our tax money on?

  • espi g
    espi g  21 days ago

    As a resident of Washington state, I did not know there was an animal road crossing here but that makes me very happy.

  • Samsul Alom
    Samsul Alom  21 days ago +1

    Very good

  • bs4e
    bs4e  21 days ago

    That is so cool

  • Layla Carter
    Layla Carter  21 days ago

    If you're a proud Canadian🇨🇦 click the like

  • Devin Collins
    Devin Collins  28 days ago

    The problem is that they put all the deer crossings on the busiest roads in the US. Why can’t they just put them on less busy roads?