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Animals bridges, which may also be known as ecoducts or wildlife


crossings, are structures that allow animals to safely cross human-made
barriers like highways. A wildlife crossing is the broadest term and can
include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, overpasses and bridges, amphibian

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tunnels, fish ladders, culvets and green roofs. [Source]


Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing
connections or reconnections between habitats and combating habitat
fragmentation. They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles
and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause
injury to humans and property damage. It has been reported that
vehicle-animals collisions costs the United States a staggering $8 Billion a
year.
The first wildlife crossings were constructed in France during the 1950s.
European countries including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany,
and France have been using various crossing structures to reduce the
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conflict between wildlife and roads for several decades and use a variety
of overpasses and underpasses to protect and reestablish wildlife such
as: amphibians, badgers, ungulates, invertebrates, and other small
mammals. [Source: Wikipedia]
The Humane Society of the United States reports that the more than 600
tunnels installed under major and minor roads in the Netherlands have
helped to substantially increase population levels of the endangered
European Badger. The longest ecoduct viaduct, near Crailo in the
Netherlands, runs 800 meters and spans a highway, railway and golf
course. [Source: Wikipedia]
Wildlife crossings are becoming increasingly common in Canada and the
United States. Recognizable wildlife crossings are found in Banff National
Park in Alberta, where vegetated overpasses provide safe passage over

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the Trans-Canada Highway for bears, moose, deer, wolves, elk, and many
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1. Banff National Park,


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7. Flathead Indian
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9. Interstate 78, Wachtung


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Jesse Allison Works at Denali National Park and Preserve


these are awesome no doubt! but what I would like to know is if these animals are
actually rerouting there migration or path to cross these bridges or if they just
happen to cross them because they happen to be there where they are crossing. I
feel like most animals would just cross where they meet the road and not actually
travel to these land bridges. Any studies on this?
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Dariush Mah Islamic Azad University

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Ali Dahri

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Bob Blackshaw Concordia University
in Banff, Alberta Canada there are fences all along both sides of the road in the
park so animasl can only cross using the overpasses and they work fantastic.The

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park so animasl can only cross using the overpasses and they work fantastic.The
death Rate used to be in the hundreds annually!!
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11 November 11, 2013 at 4:24pm

Sonja Starnes
The bridges on the Trans-Canada highway are built at the spots where the
animals have been crossing naturally. Studies are made before the bridges are
built. Cameras are in place to document the use of the bridges by wildlife.
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22 August 10, 2013 at 11:55am

Tricia O'Brien
I was wondering how they would train the animals to use the bridges.
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Traci Benish

4 September 16, 2013 at 8:12am

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In the photo of the unknown bridge, you can clearly see narrow paths made by
wildlife while crossing. This only occurs when they same area is used regularly.
Studies are done to aid in the placement of these crossings as well.
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Mike Dodson

1 November 11, 2013 at 6:34am


Top Commenter Towson State University

I would like people to note that there is not one animal on any one of those
bridges. Glad I didn't help fund those boondogles.
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1 November 11, 2013 at 7:32pm

Helena Nilsson rebro universitet


Because the photos are taken in the middle of the fucking day, and
most animals move at dusk and dawn, especially over areas that are
that open. You're not looking at pictures from the local zoo where the
critters will be displayed for your viewing pleasure.
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Mike Dodson

3 Edited December 4, 2014 at 12:32pm


Top Commenter Towson State University

Along with being a foul mouthed Asshat I notice you really stay abreast
of current events. This thread is only a year old. Those animal bridges
have probably been torn down by now. Go back to bed.
Reply Like December 4, 2014 at 1:13pm
Virgil Hilts Your Mum Goes to College
Mike Dodson are you retarded? That's like saying city bridges are
useless because at 2am in the morning there is no one using them.
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Margit Renata
I hope there is a fence along the road so the animals can't cross onto it .
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1 November 11, 2013 at 2:58pm

Jack Jitsu

Top Commenter Raleigh, North Carolina

These should be called "predator ambush bridges" lol


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1 November 11, 2013 at 5:33am

Jeffrey Noel Cook Bowling Green State University


I see three things when I look at these pictures. 1) Support of the Theory of
Evolution: an ape trying to screw in a light bulb with a banana, scratching his head,
as if wondering, "really, I totally thought that would work" and 2) Creative
Employment: an unemployed construction worker has a brother who knows
someone who heard about someone in politics, and 3) Challenging Oneself: an
prodigious grant writer says to himself, "if I pull this one off, the world will know I'm
the greatest grant writer of all time!"
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Jeffrey Noel Cook Bowling Green State University
Kalifornia Kidd , ya know, you're right. What I posted wasn't cool at all.
just saw the photos of the bridges and it stood out to me funny. And
maybe I was jealous because these types of projects are actually
funded when others are not. I should have restrained. I apologize. But
really, how could this possibly work?
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2 February 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Denise Dahn Seattle, Washington


I worked on an interpretive signage project for the wildlife bridge at Lake
Keechelus, in Washington State, across I-90. It is an exciting project, because it
will enable large mammals like gray wolves, grizzlies, lynx, and wolverines and
others to move between the biggest remaining areas of habitat in the North
Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Park. Linking areas of habitat is important for
these wildlife species. Thanks for including our Washington bridge! If anyone
wants to learn more, check out the Mountains to Sound Greenway site!
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18 January 10, 2013 at 9:29am

Elemeno Pi
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Top Commenter Srishti School of Art Design and

I was looking at the mountains to sound Greenway sitewebsite with the


interest of knowing what design process goes into building such a
bridge.
How do select the location for building such a bridge?
I am guessing they are set up at a relatively higher altitude as the
animals would then be able to see the bridge from a good distance.
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Debra Massey

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Has anyone done a survey to see if the animals do use the crossings? I would
think some hidden cameras could settle whether or not an animal will use it.
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3 June 4, 2013 at 1:30am

Bob Miller

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why hide the camera?


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3 July 9, 2013 at 1:08pm

Joe Spade
so noone steals or vandalises them ?
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3 October 18, 2013 at 5:26pm

Michael Hankins

Top Commenter Humpa Lumpa at Yes I have a job

because numnuts would steal it? That would be my guess....


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2 November 11, 2013 at 6:18am

Dieter Bogaert
I don't see how animals would walk hundreds of meters to use a bridge if they can
cross the street just like that.
Am I underestimating the intelligence of these creatures?
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8 July 23, 2012 at 10:32am

Sabrina Davis

Top Commenter

yes.
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22 July 24, 2012 at 2:53pm

Anne Wellings Owner, designer, potter at Sunrise Beach Pottery


The bridge is made to resemble the terrain they are used to. The road

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The bridge is made to resemble the terrain they are used to. The road
isn't. Which would you choose?
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14 October 23, 2012 at 2:28pm

Daniel Donche Jr.


103 followers

Top Commenter Colorado Springs, Colorado

No, you're not. I grew up on around animals my whole childhood. An


animal that wants to cross the road is going to just cross the road.
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10 December 9, 2012 at 10:18pm

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Jerry L Coburn

Top Commenter House Husband at Now retired

You forget the one on I-75 in northern Michigan.


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Michael Hankins

Top Commenter Humpa Lumpa at Yes I have a job

Don't they call that the Mackinac Bridge?


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Mohamad Shafie Chief Executive Officer at Aben's corner 101 followers
sustainable construction..
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2 July 24, 2012 at 2:27am

Henk Wilts Trainer/Consultant at Isential


Crossings no. 2 and no. 6 are the same. I know this crossing. It is crossing the
A50 at Woeste Hoeve. I drive on that highway quote often.
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2 July 24, 2012 at 1:04pm

Vinod Maheshwari Jaipur, Rajasthan


Yes. Both r same. They must correct it.
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Jessie Aviles Gerente Propietario at Servicios Multiples & Construcciones Gaudi
E.I.R.L.
Convivencia de los animales racionales e irracionales.
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Henk Wilts Trainer/Consultant at Isential
I mean QUITE often (typo)
Reply Like July 24, 2012 at 1:06pm
David Penner EFL Instructor at Zayed University
Thanks for clarifying - I thought you meat you drive on that highway and
you also quote people often. Now it makes sense.
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2 December 10, 2012 at 1:45am

David Penner EFL Instructor at Zayed University


I mean MEANT.
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4 December 10, 2012 at 1:46am

Pamela Hayes

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Lol.
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Lilian van Enck English Language Teacher at Yzigi

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Lilian van Enck English Language Teacher at Yzigi

How about that engineers from DERSA S/A (So Paulo, Brazil)?
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