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Animal Underpasses to Give Bears and Other Animals a Safe Way to Cross I-4

Animal Underpasses to Give Bears and Other Animals a Safe Way to Cross I-4

Animals have to roam to eat, but crossing U.S. highways is a dangerous way for animals to commute. Here’s a great solution to the problem of interstate highways running through protected areas with lots of wildlife: the Florida Department of Transportation is installing several wildlife crossings or ‘underpasses’ beneath I-4 in Volusia County, west of Daytona. There will also be animal walkways installed next to a bridge over the Tomoka River.

According to Audubon Florida, cameras posted at underpasses in other areas of Florida have revealed that a wide variety of animals are using the underpasses – including bears, endangered Florida panthers, alligators, turtles, deer, raccoons and snakes.

Read more on this story from Florida Today.

Photo credit: FWC video still by Cindy Bennett

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