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.
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.
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:
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.
Adopt a Wildlife Acre
In situations where conflicts between livestock and wildlife are prolonged and intractable, we believe that grazing retirements represent an equitable solution for livestock and wildlife interests.
Save LA Cougars
We are working to protect Southern California’s mountain lions, and to advocate for the critical habitat linkages they require to ensure a healthy future for people, mountain lions and other wildlife in this highly urbanized landscape.
Our declining wildlife need urgent protection before they face serious risk of extinction. This bold vision for conservation funding could be the solution.Read More
Urge Congress to stand up for polar bears and their young by opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Read More
Students ages 9-18 are invited to share their big idea through the "Every Elephant Counts" contest for a chance to win a trip to Botswana.Read More
Get to know the amazing wildlife in your backyard and beyond.Read More
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