One Small Step For Pronghorns

Jeff Burrell/Wildlife Conservation Society

For a small good news story, click the image above.  It is from the Green Blog of the New York Times, and is the kind of story you would not read about in India because there are no states quite like Wyoming:

Until recently, the population of pronghorn — a small antelope-like mammal endemic to North America — outnumbered people in its native Wyoming. The Cowboy State may be the nation’s least populous, but the two groups still manage to come into conflict. Pronghorns numbering in the tens of thousands cross Highway 191 each year during their annual migration, and collisions between animals and cars are costly for all involved.

Now conservationists are celebrating the apparent success of an experimentinvolving a series of new wildlife overpasses that allow the pronghorns to cross to safety while freeing up the roads.

“This really is a win-win situation for people and for wildlife,” said Jon Beckmann, the pronghorn project coordinator at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “The overpasses enhance connectivity for wildlife species and at the same time increase safety for the traveling public who don’t want to hit large wildlife going 65 to 75 miles per hour.”

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  1. Pingback: Pronghorn overpasses in Wyoming, USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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