One Cool Thing: Largest Animal (and People) Crossing in the U.S. Opens In Texas

Highways connect people, but they often create barriers separating wildlife from key habitat areas and other animals.  There is a growing movement to create wildlife “corridors” across man-made obstacles and last week the largest one (so far) in the U.S. opened in San Antonio, Texas.  The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge connects San Antonio’s Phil Hardberger Park across a six-lane highway is now open for both people and wildlife to safely traverse the busy road.  It’s estimated that one to two million large animals are killed by motorists every year, and those collisions are dangerous for drivers too.  Maybe Secretary Pete will help build many more animal crossings!

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