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Animals vs. automobiles [Infographic]
Hundreds of thousands of animals die on U.S. roads every day. But thanks to better design, some routes are becoming safer — both for people and wildlife.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM
From turtles and squirrels to bears and deer, a menagerie of wild animals tries to cross America's roads every day. Despite their best efforts, though, many never make it across — according to some estimates, the country's daily roadkill total is around 1 million.
Few animals have the agility or wherewithal for Frogger-style lane hopping, and their presence on roads and highways poses a serious danger to themselves as well as humans. Although drivers survive the collisions far more often than animals do, more than 200 people die in the U.S. every year when their vehicles hit wildlife.
For a closer look at the problem — as well as some clever solutions to create fauna-friendlier freeways — check out the infographic below, produced on behalf of Veterinary Technician Schools
by the Web-marketing firm QuinStreet:
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