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Scientists Explore New Habitat Connections, Including Wildlife Overpasses on Highways

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Scientists Explore New Habitat Connections, Including Wildlife Overpasses on Highways

This may be just what viral YouTube sensation Donna, the Fargo radio caller who wants to move deer crossing signs, is looking for. For approximately the past 30 years, the Highway Wilding project has been working with the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada and other locations to find various ways of connecting large-scale landscapes, including installing wildlife “overpasses” where animals can safely cross thoroughfares.

Based on their research and ecosystem management, Highway Wilding hopes to provide solutions to reduce conflicts between wildlife and motor-transportation for the benefit of animals and humans.

In Banff National Park there are already 44 overpasses. The overpass is like a bridge over water, but the bridge is a living, breathing continuation of the habitat of the surrounding area and the water below is the Trans-Canada Highway. Liza Lester, communication officer for the Ecological Society of America said there are also some of these overpasses present in Montana, Nevada and potentially Washington state.

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