There are more than 1 million vehicle crashes with wildlife every year... killing wolves, grizzly bears, elk, lynx, mountain lions, moose and more. Even worse, collisions are a major cause of death for at least 21 threatened or endangered species already teetering on the edge of extinction, including the red wolf.
That's because today's busy roads and highways create nearly impenetrable barriers, breaking up habitat and open spaces more than ever before. Animals are regularly forced to sprint across many lanes of traffic, endangering their lives — and the lives of people in cars.
But we know that building solutions like smart warning signs and wildlife crossings under and over dangerous roads has the power to save lives. In one pilot, for example, a system of overpasses, underpasses and fencing have decreased total roadkills by 80 percent.
We need more dedicated funding for solutions like this that can save the most vulnerable species.
Call on your elected leaders to back strong funding for wildlife crossings in the transportation bill Congress is considering right now. Add your name today to help save wildlife from needless deaths.
Subject: Save Wildlife from Vehicle Collisions
Wildlife-vehicle collisions are a serious danger to animals and to human safety. What's more, they cost upwards of $8 billion annually. Solutions like wildlife crossings, activated warning signs and animal detection systems would drastically reduce these crashes and deserve dedicated funding. I urge you to support strong funding for this urgent problem in the upcoming transportation bill you are considering.
The transportation bill is also an opportunity to 1) ensure new roads, bridges and other infrastructure are resilient to our changing climate, 2) include nature-based solutions that help protect communities from storms and floods while also providing economic and environmental benefits, 3) expand electric vehicle infrastructure, and 4) invest in the federal forest roads network.