ABOUT WILDLIFE CROSSINGS IN THE U.S.

In addition to the WATCH FOR WILDLIFE grassroots local and global campaign, there are additional significant efforts, such as the development of wildlife crossings, that have been collaboratively undertaken by several organizations to increase wildlife and human safety on roads.

These organizations believe in taking a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to solving complex transportation and ecological problems along roads.

Some updates on wildlife crossings in the U.S. can be found here.

OTHER MITIGATION & PREVENTION MEASURES

Mitigation methods that attempt to influence driver behavior:

  • Public education

  • Speed reduction

  • Wildlife warning road signs

  • Roadside animal detection systems

  • In-Vehicle detection systems (vehicle safety features)

  • Roadway lighting

  • Route selection and road design

Mitigation methods that attempt to influence animal behavior:

  • De-icing alternatives/road drainage

  • Vegetation management

  • Reflectors and mirrors

  • Deer whistles

Mitigation methods that seek to physically separate animals from the roadway:

  • Exclusion fencing

  • Wildlife crossings/overpasses and underpasses/ecopassages

Mitigation methods that seek to reduce wildlife population size:

  • Habitat alteration

  • Relocation 

  • Limited reproduction 

New mitigation technologies:

  • Solar Roadways

  • Mobile device applications

Research and policy:

  • Collision reporting and data collection

  • Identification and implementation of innovative solutions to address wildlife conservation and habitat connectivity

  • Advocacy for the the inclusion of wildlife collision mitigation plans in road design and transportation policy

Source: Wildlife RoadSharing Resource Center

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