Putting up a fence to save lives sounds a little simplistic – and it is. But a new wildlife fence being installed along Highway 400 in Ontario will do just that – save countless lives of drivers and wildlife.
CTV reported on the $3.2 million project, which will run along 9.5 kilometres of the provincial highway between Barrie and Sudbury.
“We’ve had about 34 reported collisions within the last 5 years,” CTV was told by Andrew Healy of the Ministry of Transportation. “It's a significant amount and it can account for one in every three collisions on this stretch of highway.”
Between 1999 and 2003, an average of 21 people died due to wildlife-vehicle collisions, 1,927 people were injured but not killed, and more than 32,000 ‘property damage only’ collisions occurred, per a federal Ministry of Transportation report. The number of animals killed in collisions in that time is not known, but it can be assumed to number in at least the tens of thousands annually.
In addition to the very real cost of individual lives – both wildlife and human – these collisions have significant impacts on the economy.
Join us in celebrating, because it is a good day when the government recognizes that a non-lethal conflict resolution measure will be beneficial not just for the economy and drivers, but for the animals, too.