11/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Technology To Prevent Roadkill Launched By Colorado

We recently covered the top five roadkill sites in America, as well as a dire IUCN report stating that "25% of all the world's mammal species are at risk of extinction." What's the connection? Well, while most of the extinctions are occurring because of habitat loss and encroachment, as well as poaching, a significant number of wild animals--not necessarily mammals--are killed every year due to collisions with vehicles (although we also saw an incident where a cyclist crashed into a black bear. . .). These collisions are dangerous for drivers and animals alike, so the state of Colorado has begun testing a system "that involves a cable buried parallel to the highway. The cable emits an electromagnetic field that is calibrated to detect large animals" such as Deer and Elk. If the system detects an animal nearing the road, an alarm will alert drivers.
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