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Fiona
- 454 days ago - denverpost.com
The crossings keep animals and motorists safe along with aiding interbreeding. Wildlife bridges and underpasses led to a dramatic decline in animal-related car crashes and saves the lives of daily.



   

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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday February 19, 2018, 10:04 am
The crossings keep animals and motorists safe along with aiding interbreeding.

Wildlife bridges and underpasses led to a dramatic decline in animal-related car crashes, according to Mark Lawler, a biologist for Colorado Department of Transportation.

The five underpasses and two overpasses that cross Colorado 9 south of Kremmling have reduced wildlife related crashes by almost 90 percent, Lisa Schwantes communications manager for CDOT said Thursday.

There are more than 30 passages, which vary in construction, across the state of Colorado, only two of them cross over the highway.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday February 19, 2018, 10:05 am
“They’re extremely important,” Jeff Peterson, wildlife program manager for CDOT, said. “When you get into conflicts with wildlife that raises the issue.”

Statistics obtained by CDOT show that from 2006 to 2016 on U.S. 160, in the area between Durango and Bayfield, there were 472 car-animal collisions, a large number of them involving mule deer.

According to Lawler, the number could be higher, however, since vehicle-wildlife collisions are often underreported.

An underpass crossing U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield was completed in the fall of 2016 by CDOT. Photographs taken with a remote camera at the underpass show the passageway is being used by deer, coyotes, raccoons and other small animals.

“At the (Durango) underpass we’re seeing a large number of mule deer going through the structure daily,” Lawler said. “Animals are using the structure; we’re not just moving the problem.”

 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday February 19, 2018, 10:07 am
CDOT has teamed up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to conduct a study identifying other key wildlife crossing spots throughout the state.

“We want to make sure that if were going to do it, we’re doing it right. That’s why we don’t just throw them in everywhere we can,” Peterson said. “Putting the correct crossing in the correct place for the species you want to get from one place to another — that’s where it gets tricky.”

More information on site...

I hope other governmental entities take notice. Animals and people will be protected.

Please note, comment, and forward.
 

Sue H (7)
Monday February 19, 2018, 10:10 am
Excellent! Thank you Colorado!
 

Animae C (508)
Monday February 19, 2018, 3:45 pm
Absolutely magnificent, i would love to see these EVERYWHERE!!!!
Shared.

TY Fiona
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday February 19, 2018, 4:12 pm
Great news. More power to Colorado.. Thanks Fiona
 

Melania P (123)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:35 am
Yes, they learn.... Not surprised. Shared as well!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 9:48 am
of course animals learn - but it seems, that there are needed more safe crossings, because there still are accidents - here is a petition for this cause: http://www.care2.com/news/member/840862522/4091537
 

Ian Crory (31)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 9:42 am
;0L
 

Lisa O (203)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 11:06 am
Good News! Thanks for posting Fiona.
 

Richard A (2)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 11:57 am
We need more of these.
Thank you.
 

John B (185)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 6:32 pm
Thanks Fiona for sharing the link to the article by Shannon M. Hoffman. Kudos to the state of Colorado and the CDOT.
Post noted and shared.
 

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday February 21, 2018, 7:59 pm
This is excellent news. Now we just have to get California, along with all the other states, to get busy and build animal crossings. Thanks for sharing, Fiona.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 5:10 am
We have these animal crossing also in Florida.....we need more of them, but that stopped once we got the tea bag Gov in who'd rather pass tax breaks along to his wealthy friends than protect animals.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 7:01 am
Good News!!!!!
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 7:28 am
thanks for sharing this article
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 2:24 pm
I wish every place had underpasses and overpasses for wildlife.
 

Anne K (139)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 4:17 pm
Thanks for sharing, Fiona.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday February 22, 2018, 5:07 pm
Thank you. So glad this is saving their lives.
 

. (0)
Friday February 23, 2018, 12:23 pm
Wonderful.❤ 💚
 

Angela J (61)
Saturday February 24, 2018, 11:27 am
Thanks
 
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