Roads fragment ecosystems. They cut off migratory pathways of animals like deer, cougars, and even salmon, they separate animals populations and drain their gene pool. They make it difficult for them to find food and shelter and even mates. Photo by Matteo Botta/Pexels.
For most of us, roads are a symbol of journeys, of freedom, adventure, opportunity, or more practically speaking, as a means of getting from point A to B. But the 40 million miles of roads that wrap around this Earth have a huge impact on the other-than-human world. Not only do they pollute our soils and waters and degrade habitats, they kill hundreds of millions of animals the world over. In the United States alone, one million animals are killed by cars every day.
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