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COUNTRY ROADS

HELPING WILDLIFE NAVIGATE TRAFFIC AND CLIMATE

I-40 and other areas present hazards that can be addressed.

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ar and critter collisions are increasing along the stretch of Interstate 40 in the mountains of East Tennessee and western North
Carolina, where more than 26,000 vehicles travel daily through one
of the richest habitats for bear, deer and elk in the region. Biologists,
transportation officials, nonprofits and other stakeholders have teamed
up to monitor wildlife movement near the highway to determine
where they might establish protective crossings at key points. "Bears
do really well with underpasses, as do bobcats," Jeff Hunter with the
National Parks Conservation Association says in a recent article in Blue
Ridge Outdoors. "White tailed deer will use culverts and underpasses if
they are large enough. Elk, not so much. Elk like overpasses."
The effort will feed into a much broader initiative to connect multiple wildlife corridors from Florida to Quebec due to climate change.
"As it continues to get warmer, many species are going to want to
migrate northward in this hemisphere and uphill to higher elevations,"
says Ron Sutherland with Wildlands Network. "So, keeping movement
pathways open is how we let not just animals, but plants migrate to
keep up with their acceptable climate conditions." According to The
Nature Conservancy, the wildlands of Appalachia provide the most
important wildlife migration route in the country.
maps.tnc.org/migrations-in-motion; wildlandsnetwork.org
-CAT MCCUE

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BRIDGET DONALDSON, VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH COUNCIL

Bears and roads just don't mix; efforts are underway in East
Tennessee and western North Carolina to decrease potential
collisions.


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