At least four bears have recently been hit by cars at Yosemite National Park, two of which were killed...
Add your name if you want to see wildlife crossings over roads all across America's national parks!
"Yosemite National Park is calling on drivers to refrain from speeding after at least four bears were struck, two of which were killed, by cars within the last three weeks.
"Park officials said the two surviving bears were "seriously injured and limping, after being hit by drivers traveling over the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit.
"Officials warned that such reckless driving could bring harm to other animals inhabiting the park," reported CBS Sacramento.
How long do you think this can go on before these precious animals are gone forever?
The good news is that a viable solution has already been found.
Mountain lions in California, the same state where Yosemite is located, often die from being hit by vehicles. And the people there decided to do something about it.
"In an effort to prevent such fatalities and to increase the limited gene pool in the Santa Monica Mountains, a coalition known as #SAVELACOUGARS has raised $14 million to build a $60 million wildlife bridge over the 101 Freeway," reported The Los Angeles Daily News.
What a great idea!
Yosemite's precious bears CAN be saved. Along with countless other animals.
The solution is simple: wildlife crossings.
A wildlife crossing is like a highway overpass, except that it's for animals instead of vehicles.
Many nations are already doing it, and it's saving lives. Both animal and human.
"Overpasses play a key role in the western portion of North America, where teeming wildlife corridors are intersected by long roads like the Trans-Canada Highway. Fences help direct the animals toward the safe passages.
"The use of underpasses is spreading, too. These passageways are usually compact, and so are especially helpful to smaller animals — water voles in London, badgers in British Columbia, pumas in Brazil — but in Kenya larger ones are even being used to assist elephant herds.
"They're also serving aquatic species: In Washington state, underpasses recently added to Interstate-90 are linking streams and wetlands back to the Yakima River, to the benefit of salamanders, reptiles, and fish, including the bull trout, a vulnerable species," according to Quartz.
So how do we make this happen?
By making funds available for retrofitting existing highways.
See, here's the thing:
"When a new transportation project is proposed on lands with wildlife habitat, officials managing wildlife in those areas are given notice and can request that engineers design for wildlife.
"However, there isn't a process or dedicated funds established to update existing roads with overcrossings," according to REI.
The best part is that there is already a Senate Bill in progress that would do this very thing.
It's called S.2302: America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019.
All we have to do is add a prevision for ALL of America's national parks.
That's why we're asking for two things:
1. Ask sponsors of this bill to edit it to include national parks.
2. Ask every single member of the Senate to support this crucial piece of bipartisan legislation, and save countless lives - both animal and human - from dying on America's highways.
Don't you want to see wildlife crossings all over America's national parks?
Then add your name to ask every Senator to support America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 and help rescue Yosemite's bears from death!