CONGRESS CONSIDERS STEPS TO REDUCE ROADKILL
Reducing roadkill is just one issue being considered in the surface transportation reauthorization bill moving through Congress. The Senate included provisions in its bill, S. 1072, aimed at reducing habitat fragmentation and wildlife/ vehicle collisions— ultimately saving millions of animals while increasing public safety. The Senate provisions would require states to formally consider the need for wildlife crossing structures (underpasses, culverts, or overpasses) when constructing or improving highways -- a critical preventative step in solving the roadkill problem. However, as the transportation bill is taken up in the House of Representatives, these important wildlife protection provisions may be lost. If they are, it will be another six years before we have another opportunity to put into law these common sense provisions on behalf of wildlife and public safety. In the meantime, millions of animals will lose their lives trying to cross highways in search of food and mates, and the very survival of many species -- from box turtles to grizzly bears -- will be compromised.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please contact your U.S. Representative today. Ask him or her to contact Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young and Ranking Democrat James Oberstar and urge them to include in the Committee’s transportation bill the wildlife crossing provisions approved by the Senate (Section 1501 of S. 1072). All U.S. Representatives can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121. You can look up the name of your Representative by going online to www.Congress.org , or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3668.
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