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Why Highway Medians Could Make for Great Wildlife Habitats

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The U.S. has four million miles of highways, most of them with substantial unpaved medians and margins. Some conservationists want to put this green space to good use


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Past Member (0)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 9:17 am
Brilliant idea!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 11:25 am
Too closed in and too close to speeding cars. I wrote and called my highway people to suggest overpasses and underpasses for animals to cross via, but, no response so far. Think I must continue to find people to express these need to.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:15 pm

Billie C (2)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 8:28 pm
as long as the animals stay off the road it's a great idea. cars, trucks and animals don't mix and usually the animal loses.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 8:37 pm
Getting to and from these safe havens will be the problem ... increased piles of road kill, cars don't stop or even slow down for oncoming animal interference ... sad truth of who we've become. BAD IDEA.

Sunday September 29, 2013, 8:50 pm
Ia m so afraid that with all the best will in the world, this spells disaster to the animals. Many of the highways here in Australia have been planted like this and the death toll for the animals is enormous. It is far better for land further away from the highway to be utilised, even if it means that the government have to spend huge amougnt of money to pay farmers to utitlise their land way back from the roads. Shelter belts of trees way awy from the highway is a far better place for the animals to be. I am often in tears here in the holdiay season when our wlidlife is slaugthered on the roads in their thousands. Most of our animals are nocturnal and just can't see in bright lights, so headlights coming towards them blinds them and they just sit there stunned whilst trucks run over them. We often make mistakes with ideas that seem good on paper but we must search out the reality of the situation and see if there is a better way of planning it.

Sunday September 29, 2013, 8:54 pm
I have just remembered one thing here that we ofte do to try and give the animals a small chance of survival on the roads, we fit sonicdevises to our cars that must whistle so that to the animals it must sound very loud, but it is too high for the human ear to hear . The hope is that it makes them stop before they run out onto the highway It does seem to partially work and is worth a try. It is only a tiny plastic gadget that fits onto the car where it can't be seen.

Vivian B (169)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 10:47 pm
I don't see how you can keep.a buck deer in the rut from running out in front of a speeding car. There is nothing that will stop them when they get a whiff of a doe in heat. And the resulting crash can be fatal to the driver and the buck or doe.
I couldn't get to the full story, but I have hit a buck in the rut and I was in a small car. It was not pretty. Suffice it to say, my car took most of the damage and the deer kept on running. It nearly got up into my windshield. If the deer had been turned another way, I would have gotten the hooves in my face.
I have lost a lot of animals from letting them run free.
Animals and hiways are not a good mix!!

Danuta Watola (1251)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:31 am

. (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:36 am
Signée et partagée

Frances Darcy (92)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:49 am

Past Member (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:28 am
As opposed to Germany building bridges so they can safely cross and providing real living space?

Past Member (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 5:35 am
Leave the wildlife tranquil

Ruth C (87)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:28 am
I have seen so many dead animals on the roads its just heartbreaking, they need protection.
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