Applaud Wildlife Overpasses Designed to Protect Threatened Species

Target: Roger Millar, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation

Goal: Applaud the construction of bridges intended to allow animals to safely cross busy interstate corridors.

Washington state is home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals, with some now nearing extinction in large part due to loss of habitat and deadly encounters with cars and trucks on busy highways. Now deer, elk, mountain lions, bears and many other animals will have a chance to safely cross one of the state’s busiest interstates without risking their lives, thanks to a new bridge put in place and others currently under construction.

As in many other parts of the country, the highways and interstate freeways in Washington state are convenient for humans, but pose serious risks to wildlife. The multi-lane roads that have cut through sensitive forest and desert habitats have left wildlife populations isolated, resulting in possible inbreeding and eventual extinction. Those animals that do attempt to cross highways are often hit by vehicles, which creates a life-threatening hazard for both motorists and wildlife alike.

With one wildlife overpass now visible near the city of Spokane, and 20 others to be completed over the years to come, the state is sending a strong message that it is committed to doing what it can to allow people and animals to coexist peacefully. Sign this petition and thank the Washington state officials for these important, life-saving bridges.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Millar,

Many large wildlife species in Washington have been threatened with extinction as human populations increase and encroach on native habitats. The many busy highways that now cut through the state have resulted in thousands of animals dying each year as they are struck by motorists. Your department’s move to build bridges to help elk, deer and other animals cross over the I-90 interstate has the potential to save the lives of countless animals and drivers alike, and we wish to thank you for your commitment to protecting both.

We, the undersigned, are hopeful that construction on the other 20 planned wildlife overpasses continues unhindered and that future projects similarly designed to protect animals will be considered. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that Washington state remains wild for many years to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ted Kimble

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8 Comments

  1. Maurice Robison says:

    We went to Canada a few years ago and they had many, specially tailored bridges or tunnels for wildlife, from moose to turtles. It was great not seeing wildlife splattered all over the highways, and it was comforting to not have to have a death grip on our steering wheel, just in case a massive moose appeared in our lane. We never say even one creature on the roads!

    The bridges are a great idea that would pay for themselves quickly. It would save a lot of insurance money, for collisions with wildlife, and PEOPLE are many times killed in such collisions.

    Also, I don’t know how they do it, but neither did we see trash along the highways like you do here in the states; not even pieces of tire! They definitely have some great ideas that we need to consider doing here!

    • Nooshin Perla says:

      I red few years a go they were talking to make tunnels for animals. Then I heard heartless mean losers were mad. They did not want to use their tax money. I guess those no good moron won, because they did not build those tunnels.

      • Maurice Robison says:

        Nooshin Perla: We went to Canada in 2007. We never saw any of the actual tunnels, but we DID see multiple bridges that were built for wildlife. You can tell what they are by the big rocks and trees on the overpasses.

        At one of the gift shops, we purchased a CD that showed the tunnels and told how they know which animals use the tunnels, as opposed to the overpasses, so I know they have a few of them.

  2. Maurice Robison says:

    We went to Canada a few years ago and they had many, specially tailored bridges or tunnels for wildlife, from moose to turtles. It was great not seeing wildlife splattered all over the highways, and it was comforting to not have to have a death grip on our steering wheel, just in case a massive moose appeared in our lane. We never saw even one creature on the roads!

    The bridges are a great idea that would pay for themselves quickly. It would save a lot of insurance money, for collisions with wildlife, and PEOPLE are many times killed in such collisions.

    Also, I don’t know how they do it, but neither did we see trash along the highways like you do here in the states; not even pieces of tire! They definitely have some great ideas that we need to consider doing here!

  3. gen agustsson says:

    protect all animals not just some animals

  4. GREAT WILDLIFE CROSSING TO KEEP THE WILDLIFE SAFE.

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