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Highway 49 Again A Roadkill Hotspot

The annual roadkill report once again includes Highway 49 in the Sierra foothills. The report, from the UC Davis Road Ecology Center, says collisions between wildlife and vehicles have cost California at least one-billion dollars, and potentially up to two-billion dollars, over the past five years. Center Director Fraser Shilling says one hot zone is the heavily-travelled Highway 49 corridor between Auburn and Grass Valley. He says the most common and destructive collisions involve deers…

click to listen to Fraser Shilling

Shilling says the Legislature needs to commit more funding to the problem. He says such things as fencing and wildlife crossings under highways could cost hundreds of millions of dollars…

click to listen to Fraser Shilling

The report names Interstate 280 as the “Deadliest Highway in California” for wildlfe-vehicle collisions. That’s on the San Francisco Peninsula, between San Bruno and Cupertino. Five of the top 20 costliest segments are on that highway.

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