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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

After reading yesterdays Post regarding how Los Angeles Pumas are trapped on either side of the busy 101 Freeway(without access to the other side), Blog reader Alicia Falsetto contacted me regarding her effort with University of California Davis to get a Petition to get the California Highway folks(CALTRANS) to fix fencing and add "jump outs" along vehicle/animal-collision-laden I280 in Northern California...........See the Petition below and you can also contact Alicia for more information


From: Alicia>
Date: July 16, 2016 at 10:50:52 AM PDT
Subject: wildlife connectivity Northern California Peninsula
Reply-To: "Alicia Falsetto" ;;

I am working on an initiative on the Peninsula - Highway 280 in conjunction
with UC Davis Road Ecology Center. My colleague Kathryn Harrold has been
trying to get Caltrans to become engaged and fix fencing and add jump outs
(at the least) on i280 for almost four years.

Here is our petition and we are so happy that the media has really been
taking all of this info to the public via TV news and newspapers. Hope you
will help us spread the word! Thank you :-) Alicia Falsetto Here is our

UC Davis maps deadliest roads for animals in California

Driving back from a weekend in San Francisco or Lake Tahoe? Be alert for wildlife on the roadways.
A UC Davis professor who tracks collisions between vehicles and animals found that in the Sacramento region, Interstate 80 between Davis and Sacramento, the stretch of road known as the Yolo Bypass, is a hot spot for wildlife deaths, along with Highway 50 near El Dorado Hills.

This map shows concentrated regions of roadkill along select stretches of California highways.Fraser Shilling UC Davis Road Ecology Center

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Animals often attempt to cross highways that cut through open spaces, and some end up hit by passing traffic. Taking action in those areas could preserve wildlife and protect drivers, said Fraser Shilling, co-director of the UC Davis Road Ecology Center.Statewide, Interstate 280 running up the San Francisco Peninsula had the highest number of vehicle-wildlife collisions in recent years, the report found.
Lower speed limits, warning signs and structures that promote safe wildlife crossings could help prevent road kill. In 2012, Caltrans installed a $1.6 million tunnel for safe animal passage along Highway 50 near the El Dorado Road exit, with 7-foot-tall fencing along the road stretching about 1,000 feet to guide animals into the tunnel

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Deer killed by vehicle

“There are hundreds of places around the state with high rates of collisions,” Shilling said. He called for more action from Caltrans and said the projects would pay for themselves by reducing accident rates.
The ecology center’s 2016 report drew, in part, on data from the California Roadkill Observation System, which compiles accounts from more than 1,000 volunteers and other passers-by. Between 2009 and 2015, volunteers contributed more than 50,000 observations of wildlife-vehicle collisions to the website, according to the report.
In addition to roadkill sightings, researchers also took into account vehicle collision reports. In the 12 months leading up to February 2016, the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans recorded about 6,000 collisions involving wildlife along the state’s roads and highways.
In the Sacramento area, the report identified the Interstate 80 causeway over the Yolo Bypass as a major site for bird collisions. Deer collisions are frequent along Highway 50 between El Dorado Hills and Pollock Pines, and along Interstate 80 near Auburn.
In the Sierra Nevada, roadkill was spotted most often along state Highway 89 north of Lake Tahoe, and state Highway 49 in the foothills. Several reptiles were reported as casualties along state Highway 190 in Death Valley. And near Yosemite National Park, carcasses were found most frequently along state highways 120 and 140

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