Ontario opens first highway wildlife crossing


In Southern Ontario, car vs. animal collisions most commonly involve smaller critters like squirrels and raccoons. Move further north though and the animals become larger and collisions are more likely to cause injury to motorists. According to the MTO, more than 14,000 collisions a year involve wildlife in the province of Ontario, so in 2011 they began a project to reduce such incidents. Along Highway 69, a series of wildlife tunnels and bridges will be created. The first wildlife bridge was recently opened on 69, between Parry Sound and Sudbury.

Six kilometres of fence along the road side guides animals towards the crossing, where animals can make it to the other side.

Toronto Hiking reports on Facebook that so far they have counted 24 deer, four foxes, six moose, two bears, one bobcat and one coyote making the crossing.

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