Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull

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Don't worry about why the chicken crossed the road. The bigger question is whether it'll make it at all. Every year millions of animals get killed by vehicles in the US, but that road risk has dropped because of the Kobe pandemic. We're the negative impacts of the economy. family relations I'm sitting in my living room and I don't see as much of my family as I as I normally would. So there's a lot of impacts that the positive impacts of becoming more clear, and that could really change the discussion after the pendant changed some of our assumptions out how much driving we should do if we want to protect nature while by air quality climate change in so for Fraser's Schilling. Co Director of the road, Ecology Center at the University of California Davis One officials began issuing stay at home orders to slow the spread of Covid, nineteen schilling and his colleagues quickly realized they were witnessing a novel experiment. What happens when we all start driving way less? The answer is a lot. Lot of things, including fewer units and lower greenhouse gas emissions from cars in their latest report, the researchers found that driving less has also led to a dramatic decrease in road kills in three states which they had long term data. Idaho Maine and California, so actually the the largest conservation action that the US has ever taken creation of the national parks. The team documented about a third fewer collisions with deer, Moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following shutdowns. If such a slowdown persisted for a year, twenty, seven thousand large animals would be saved in just those three states. In California, the researchers also look specifically at mountain lions. Some populations in urban areas are at risk of local extinction and vehicles are one of the top killers whoever, in recent months traffic deaths of mountain lions have dropped by fifty eight percent, revealing an important clue about how to save them well to keep them from going extinct or to recover them. We need to protect them traffic, and that means we need to build. We need to put in fencing along highways and crossing structures over the hobbies, and that's that's that's a big deal. People are now returning to the roads. Stay at home. Orders are lifted, but schilling hope some of the lessons might stick. I think we can grow from this. Having less impact while everybody loves loudly. You know if we if we can find a way to not kill them. It seems like everybody can lineup.

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