Highway Crossing Structures for Wildlife: Opportunities for Improving Driver and Animal Safety

This U.S. Forest Service report summarizes the challenges and anticipated benefits of making a national commitment to a systematic network of wildlife crossing structures to increase driver and animal safety. The authors explore the high cost of wildlife-vehicle collisions and the challenges to transforming the U.S. road network to proactively account for the needs of wildlife. The report then catalogs the myriad safety, ecological, economic, and social benefits anticipated to accrue from investing in highway crossings for wildlife. Finally, it provides recommendations for advancing solutions and building upon successful efforts to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.

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