Where the wild things shouldn't be
Collisions between vehicles and animals have become common occurrences in some parts of the United States. Roads and highways that cut through animal migration paths, known as wildlife corridors, result in a unique combination of high animal and vehicle traffic. The consequences are unavoidable. Human life and wildlife is impacted, often fatally.
The physical, financial and emotional wreckage is immense. Every year, the United States spends billions in medical, road-repair and vehicle costs due to these collisions, not to mention the trauma of all of the human and animal lives that are lost. But is anything being done about this problem?
Wildlife corridor technicians blend their knowledge of ecology and engineering to help develop and maintain both manmade and natural wildlife corridors. When roads intersect with these migration corridors, these environmental stewards track animal movement and assess the optimal location to construct passages that let creatures move safely across roadways and into other natural habitats.
The professionals use their expertise to help shrink the number of animal-vehicle collisions (AVCs) and the resulting horrific consequences. This infographic gives some background on the emergent problem of AVCs and presents solutions based on the work of these technicians.
Building a Better Crosswalk -- for Moose, Bear, and Elk, The New York Times, January 2011
Our Work to Build Corridors for Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation
Safe Passage for Pronghorns, The New York Times, October 2012
For a complete list of sources, please view the Infographic.