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Connecting Wildlife Habitats

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Animals like the moose, lynx, black bear, and bobcat need large areas of land to roam—for sufficient food, safe cover, and to mate. But the wild places animals rely on are being fragmented by roads, man-made structures, and other threats. As a result, thousands of animals have died trying to reach food, water, shelter, and breeding sites.

The National Wildlife Federation is working hard to confront this heartbreaking problem by providing safe pathways for wildlife.

Wildlife at Risk

Road mortality is a serious threat to animals, with a vehicle on a U.S. highway hitting an animal at least every 26 seconds. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, animal-vehicle accidents cost $1 billion annually in property damage and cause an average of 165 human deaths.

Examples of wildlife conflicts:

Our Work

The National Wildlife Federation is working to provide pathways that wildlife can use to cross vast expanses of key habitat. Many of these solutions are low-cost and improve motorist safety. We're working with landowners, government officials, and other partners to:

Climate Change and Wildlife Corridors

Since 1970, the Northeast has been warming at a rate of 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, with winter temperatures rising 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. This warming trend is changing the vegetation and the migratory behavior of animals. Species that survive in northern temperate climates are moving farther north to find suitable habitat and sources of food that no longer exist where they are. They are encountering roads all along the way. In a warming world, connecting migratory corridors for wildlife is more crucial than ever.

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