SCI Praises Senate Transportation Bill To Prevent Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

 

Bighorn Sheep Ewe And Her Lamb
A bighorn sheep ewe and her lamb crossing one of the innovative overpasses along Highway 93 in Arizona.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Safari Club International (SCI) commended the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for passing S. 2302, the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 out of committee in a bipartisan 21 to 0 vote.

 

“This bill takes important steps to protect iconic big game species by providing a $250 million grant program, spread over five years, to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions,” said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “By funding competitive programs for the construction of wildlife crossing structures, Congress proves that we can simultaneously protect both American motorists as well as the big game migration corridors our road systems can bisect.”

According to the Department of Transportation, wildlife-vehicle collisions kill approximately 200 people a year and cost Americans an average $8 billion annually. By investing in wildlife crossing structures, Congress can not only help protect motorists but also ensure wildlife is protected via connected habitats and interconnected wildlife populations.

In addition to wildlife crossing structures, this bill will also direct the Secretary of Agriculture to prioritize the restoration and maintenance of forest service roads that relate to hunting, fishing, or ecosystem restoration.

“Prioritizing hunters and anglers' access to our wildlife is essential to protecting America's hunting and fishing heritage and contributes to the species management plans in which sportsmen participate,” said Hamberlin. “SCI thanks Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) for taking common sense measures to benefit America's wildlife populations. We look forward to helping advance this legislation.”


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    I would hope they would check accident reports and ask locals where animals cross roads before they build a wildlife bridge or underpass needlessly. I personally know of a curve that intersects with a wood bridge over a creek where all types of wildlife were hit regularly. The bridge needed replacing due to rotted timbers, they expanded the bridges length a bit that included a dry path under both sides of the bridge. The wildlife and vehicle collisions diminished when it was found that the critters were crossing under the bridge instead of the road. IMOA it better than doing… Read more »

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    This reminds me of Walt Disney’s monorail. The connection? When Disneyland first opened, when the first freeway in Los Angeles was in the planning phases, Walt offered to extend the park’s monorail system throughout the city. The City Council literally laughed him out of the room. Not because the offer had no merit; rather, the city was getting all sorts of perks from oil and auto industry lobbyists to build freeways. This bill shows that nothing has changed. It’s never about what makes the most sense or what works, it’s only about who’s pockets get a new lining.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Like any program the government starts ends up costing much more than what it could save. Yea, you would have to train the wildlife to use the right of ways, more costs.

    JPM
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    JPM

    Waste of taxpayer dollars.

    SeenItAll
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    SeenItAll

    Great idea, but wildlife cannot read signs and will cross where they desire.

    Wallace C
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    Wallace C

    Hey, how about we hire a bunch of Crimigrints to be Animal Crossing guards. Yeah, they could sit there in one of those nifty yellow vest with a stop sign. When Bambi or Brer Rabbit wants to cross the road. Jose could just stop vehicles until the all clear was sounded. Make it a federal job and J. wouldn’t even need to show up to get paid or receive benefits and retirement.