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The more I think on Ted Zoli's proposal, the more irritated I get. Think about it. That 8 billion a year figure is, presumably, the total of vehicle repair or replacement costs and medical expenses caused by collisions with wildlife. Zoli proposes taking one quarter of that to build wildlife overpasses.

How is that to be done? During that first year, while there are no overpasses, wildlife/vehicle accidents will presumably continue at historic rates, incurring $8 billion in costs. Are one quarter of the injured to forego treatment, one quarter of the vehicles to go unrepaired so as to make available the $2 billion Zoli proposes to "take"?

The thing is a prime example of "pie in the sky by and by", or perhaps merely an empty head in action.

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These have proven to help out west.  But the number of places that deer cross limited access highways here in PA would require a tunnel the length of the entire state on just I-80 alone.  lol

Now, with that above being said - I'd rather spend $8B on these across the many states than send $0.01 abroad.   There are places on I-80 where these could be used.   It would help, but wouldn't completely eliminate deer impacts on the interstate.

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California Wildlife Crossing to Be Largest in the World

The 10-lane highway overpass in Los Angeles designed to allow mountain lions and other animals to more freely roam, find mate.

 

A 200-foot-long wildlife overpass under construction in Los Angeles aims to help mountain lions and other animals roam safely across the concrete jungle of Highway 101, raising their chances of long-term survival.

Preservationists had raised concerns that the city’s winding freeway system forced area mountain lions to breed with nearby relatives, which could lead to lower survival rates. The new overpass, which will connect the Santa Monica Mountains to the Simi Hills over 10 lanes of highway in Agoura Hills, will allow the animals to mix with other, unrelated mountain lions. 

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which broke ground recently, will be the largest in the world when it is completed, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

It will be about 165 feet wide, complete with soil, vegetation and walls to help block both light and noise from the road, said Seth Riley, wildlife branch chief for the National Park Service’s Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 

Dr. Riley said the goal is to make the overpass feel like it’s part of the natural area. 

“Actual conservation action is occurring, which is really exciting,” said Dr. Riley, whose team has been studying the effects of growth and urbanization over the past 25 years.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/california-wildlife-crossing-to-be-largest-in-the-world-11651147265?mod=hp_listb_pos4

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