Create Safe Wildlife Crossing to Protect Mountain Lions

Mountain_Lion_Stephen_Lea

Target: The United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Renard Foxx

Goal: Provide California mountain lions with a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon to protect them from being killed by traffic.

Many mountain lions and wildlife that try to traverse across roads and highways are struck and killed by vehicles before they ever reach their destination. Liberty Canyon is directly between two vital wildlife habitats and is also directly beneath California’s Highway 101. Many animals that leave their original homes in search of food, new territory, the need for a mate, or any number of other reasons, are forced to cross over eight-lane highways in these processes needed for their survival.

This constant threat to their lives during the simple act of moving around is completely unnecessary and very real. Ron Ringen, a retired veterinarian from California just outside of Sacramento, documented more than 1,400 animals killed on the road in seven months just on the roads surrounding his town. If this is the death toll of only a few roads in one of the state’s small college towns, there is no telling how many animals die in California every year, let alone the entire country. Convince the Department of Transportation that putting a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon will protect the lives of countless local wildlife, and allow them to travel safely between the adjacent habitats.

PETITION LETTER:

To the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Renard Foxx:

Thousands of wild animals are killed every year in traffic accidents due to these animals’ lack of other options for traversing habitats. Many of these animals don’t have any other choice beside crossing over eight-lane highways to search for food and mates or return home. One area in particular poses a great amount of danger to local wildlife: where California Highway 101 crosses over Liberty Canyon directly between two wildlife habitats.

As of now, there is no warning or precaution to drivers of the many animals that cross over the highway to and from the different areas. That means that all of these animals, including the majestic California mountain lion, are at risk of being run over and killed by oncoming cars. The only solution to this problem is to officially put a wildlife crossing in place over Liberty Canyon on Highway 101. It is unfair to place a vehicle roadway through a natural wildlife habitat and then murder animals for trying to traverse the obstruction. Please support the official creation and placement of the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Stephen Lea

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3 Comments

  1. Ariel Valyo says:

    Please help stop this unnecessary accidental killing of wildlife by cars. You will not only be helping wildlife, but also people by protecting then from road accidents, vehicle damage and possible injury.

  2. Wildlife crossings are in place in most northern states, like ND and Montana, ID. Common sense dictates this is a “no brainer” decision, especially in such a “progressive” state as California. Why was this not done when the highway was built? We can judge Character, by how we treat animals and children.

  3. Lets take care of it

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