Thursday, 10 September 2015

Animals in California may soon have their very own highway overpass

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

by Shayne Jacopian

The state of California has unveiled plans for a $30 million overpass for animals across one of Los Angeles County’s busiest freeways, CBS News reports.

Highway 101, a ten-lane highway that is nearly always busy, is obviously not intended to be crossed on foot. And yet, California animals of all kinds try—and more often than not, fail—to cross highways in search of food, water, or mates.

Mountain lions, for example, can roam up to 250 miles in search of mates, but large, impassable freeways such as Highway 101 have fenced them in, often limiting them to less than ten miles of territory to roam in and forcing them to inbreed out of necessity, which is bad for the gene pool.

"These freeways are acting as barriers for animals who need to travel and so we need to help wildlife somehow maneuver them if they're going to have a future anywhere," National Wildlife Federation regional director Beth Pratt told CBS.

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