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724 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 14 Mar 2019 at 10:02 AM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2019-03-14 11:08:29 AM  
We need to design our roads better with an eye to allowing wildlife to survive. Sometimes I think that any new road or any road undergoing upgrades, widening, or other alterations should be required by federal law to be elevated so that wildlife can pass under it or covered/tunneled so that wildlife can pass over it.

We also need a federal land buying program that links national, state, county, and city parks with utility easements so that there are at least narrow passages from one place to another so that wildlife can travel more freely. The land links could be as narrow a city residential lot so long as animals could safely use the links for safe passage. It would be a national Wildlife Way.
2019-03-14 01:54:14 PM  
Flagstaff, Az has a game preserve on the end of town where the Country Club is located. Not like a formal, fenced in preserve, just an area where hunting is only allowed on occasion to keep the herd down. Another thing Flagstaff has is elk. A LOT of elk.

Anyway, the elk come down at night and browse the golf course, feasting on people's gardens and rooting in their garbage cans. Normally, this works out well, they come down at sunset and return at sunrise. But in the winter, sunrise is much later and sunset is much earlier, which means that they run into rush hour. It's really the morning that's the issue. The elk will see the sky lightening and head back across the road, but suddenly there is all of this traffic. So they hang out on the golf course and try to cross the road when they can. A few times a year, they have to shut down Country Club Dr for a few hours to lead the elk across. I watched it once. Nothing more entertaining than a bunch of city cops and Game and Fish employees trying to herd animals that weigh between 500 and 750 lbs. across the road when they really don't feel like heading in that direction at that particular moment. People talk about "herding cats" all of the time. It's like that, but with really BIG cats and at least half of the people doing the herding having no clue as to what is going on.
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