Wildlife Roadkill and Habitat Breakup

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Featured Review on this writing by Steven du Preez

Wildlife Road Kill and Habitat Break-up

A Crisis Time  For Wildlife




Some people think this destruction is actually a joke, others make money from the pictures. I think we need to stop demoralizing this carnage and do something as a society by speaking up and seeing what can be changed. 


We have a few wildlife overpasses that do help somewhat but are very expensive to build.  In the meantime, some planners and environmentalists are trying to decide where wildlife fences would be most helpful. 


Many more high-speed highways and railways are being planned. Many more mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians will be killed. On European roads, 194 Million birds and 29 million mammals are killed each year. 


With the help of transportation agencies and mortality information, it has to be determined where to put fences and how long to make them. Also, there is a fence-end effect, meaning that many animals cross and are killed at the end of a fence line. The analysis determines how much distance an animal travels, mortality reduction targets, the landscape, and the type of animal to make these decisions. 

For example, a turtle moves a short distance, as compared to a lynx. There are “hot spots” where road kills happen. I think that many of these are probably trails that have been travelled by wildlife for generations. The fences also reduce the risk for drivers, as many collisions with large elk or moose can be fatal. 



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In Africa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was unhappy with construction delays from financing gaps, in his bid for construction on the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor.


This made it possible for fishers, pastoral farmers and conservationists to challenge the project in court and push for amended plans to better protect local habitats and migratory routes used by people, livestock and wildlife. 


This road structure of high-speed highways and trains was to breakup wilderness and grazing lands. In a sub-Saharan region where water is scarce, and without input from the inhabitant, these huge projects will cause migration of people and wildlife. 


The people will have to move further into forests, and a need for more clearing of land to make way for housing. 


In Kenya, there are also more sitings of roadkill. Native and endangered species such as the Grevy’s zebra are often killed on roads that criss-cross their range.

The fragmenting of habitat is a major consideration because of the decreased number of many different species, all over the world. Also, after these constructions are complete, there needs to be a restoration to the land for grazing by wildlife and livestock. 


Public participation is vital both in presenting wisdom as to the patterns of the wildlife in their area and in improving the designs to incorporate the needs of wildlife and people. 


I think that fencing is a temporary relief to the numbers of roadkill, but is not the answer to the long-term needs of wildlife to exist in a connected habit going forward.



Shirley Langton 2020


Submitted: November 19, 2020

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Where I live its urban and rural mixed together. We have many deer, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, skunks, groundhogs and birds trying to survive in a crowded urban area.
The town that I live in has built up over the last 20 yrs. It puts these animals as well as people it a precarious situation when it comes to vehicular traffic.

Thu, November 19th, 2020 11:28pm


Thanks for your comments again. I appreciate them. Shirley

Thu, November 19th, 2020 4:41pm

Steven du Preez

Road Kill

Hi Shirley
Its good to read about persons caring so much about these issues that they actually write essays about it. I very much liked the stories about the camels and old cars. Keep up the good work.

Tue, November 24th, 2020 3:49pm

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