This Bridge Helps Mountain Lions Cross a Busy California Freeway

By: Katherine Pendrill - Sep 10, 2015
References: & fastcoexist
Ecologists in California are working on constructing a bridge that would help mountain lions and other wildlife cross the 101 freeway. In recent years, many wild animals have been involved in car accidents while attempting to cross the busy 8-lane freeway. An animal-specific bridge can help prevent future accidents and give wild creatures the space they need to survive.

The proposed bridge will connect the Santa Monica Mountains with the Simi Hills, giving wild animals a safe point at which to cross the freeway. In order to make construction feasible, the bridge will need to be integrated with drought-tolerant plants and trees. The bridge will be designed to look like a native habitat, which will make it more hospitable for mountain lions, coyotes and even small animals such as squirrels. The bridge itself will span 165 feet wide, making it the widest animal crossing in the entire world.

While discussions are still being held over how to fund the bridge, it is likely that the animal-saving overpass will begin construction in the coming years.