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Collision study falls short on making the cut

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2006

Your Dec. 11 front page had an article titled “On the road to wildlife safety” with a subtitle of “Project to reduce vehicle-animal highway crashes collars subjects,” which I thought was well written. It gave some information concerning the number of animals tagged the various federal and state agencies and dates showing the areas of main animal concentration and crossings.

Although for most drivers, those areas that are listed, Mile 70 to 70.5 and 73 to 74, are no major surprise since they account for a high concentration of roadkill, I am sure that a lot of thought, energy and money has gone into this project with more to come.

What is surprising is that with all of the thought, money and energy these federal and state agencies have expended they have not seen fit to reduce one of the major reasons for the high number of vehicular-animal accidents by simply cutting back the high brush and trees alongside the road right of way. These trees and brush are a prime feeding source for the animals in question, as well as they provide wonderful concealment from the motorists.

You would think that cutting down, and back, of the trees and brush would have been one of the first steps taken in helping to ensure better visibility and safety for all concerned.

Ken Reichert

Sterling



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