quinta-feira, 23 de maio de 2013

Bridges For Animals

by Jess Zimmerman

If we’re going to keep putting roads in the middle of their habitats, animals are sometimes going to need to cross the road. But it’s better for everyone involved if they don’t have to push a button and wait for the light to change, because they don’t have thumbs and nine times out of 10 they’ll just careen into the side of your car. Which is why some highways have overpasses built specifically for animals like deer, elk, and grizzly bears.

Nobody teaches moose pedestrian etiquette like “look both ways,” but they figure out pretty quickly that crossing the terrifying asphalt river is safer if you take the beautiful grassy bridge. That’s just my guess at a moose’s internal life, but there’s data too: In Banff National Park in Canada, animals have used the six overpasses and 35 underpasses more than 200,000 times since monitoring began in 1996.

17 comentários:

  1. Já conhecia e é uma solução fundamental para a continuidade das populações animais selvagens. Existem também túneis que podem atravessar a auto-estrada por baixo, solução muito usada aqui na europa.

    1. Ele no texto diz que existem 35 passagem subterrâneas.

  2. como deveria ser sempre, em harmonia com a natureza e os animais.

  3. Respostas
    1. Deviam ser encontradas mais soluções deste género para proteger a vida selvagem.
      Abraço Francisco.

  4. Uma óptima solução para um problema recorrente de morte de animais selvagens nas estradas =)

  5. I say....we have to keep in our mind that they have been here on the planet before us and that we are sharing the same planet..we have to find a balance to cohabit-ate, and this is somewhere in between :)

  6. Respostas
    1. Felizmente que já começam a haver soluções destas mas são precisas muito mais.