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Wildlife Corridors Keep Road Kills to Minimum

January 12, 2003

Re "Yielding to Four-Legged Traffic," Dec. 11:

Finally, somebody is lending credence to what biologists have known for years: Wildlife corridors are essential to maintaining healthy ecosystems. The idea that one large ecosystem is better than many small ones is a well-known principle of conservation biology.

The obvious solution to maintaining wildlife corridors is to not develop wild lands. But these wildlife corridors are an excellent way to minimize the effect of our infrastructure on the environment.

By the way, we've got a long way to go. Florida includes wildlife undercrossings along many of its highways. Of course, this was in response to the large number of Florida panthers being killed by automobiles.

Hopefully, in the future we can all be more forward thinking.

J.G. Latvia

Costa Mesa

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