Collisions between automobiles and wildlife is a rising downside on America’s roadways. If you’re like me, your coronary heart hurts to see so many lifeless animals on the street and know that behind every collision a household could also be burdened with severe damage or the loss of a beloved one.
Every 12 months there are 1 million to 2 million car crashes with wildlife, in response to the Federal Highway Administration. Hundreds of folks die and over 22,000 find yourself injured. As a nurse, I really feel the must let folks know the way we can forestall these tragedies.
Thankfully, there are answers. One is wildlife-friendly infrastructure — issues like wildlife crossing bridges and tunnels — to assist wildlife safely cross roadways. Where put in, they cut back wildlife-vehicle collisions by as much as 90 p.c. Last fall Congress devoted $350 million in the bipartisan infrastructure invoice for states, municipalities, and tribes to construct these crossings.
However, extra can be achieved. There’s a lot we do not learn about the motion of wildlife. The Illinois congressional delegation ought to take into account supporting laws that maps, research, and conserves wildlife corridors. It will assist us spend conservation cash correctly and put much-needed crossings in places which have the greatest influence to save lives.