How Did the Bear Cross the Road?

On the wildlife overpass, of course! A victory for mountain lions, mule deer and black bears in Arizona was had last week, when a regional transportation agency agreed to spend $8.2 million to build three wildlife crossings in Southern Arizona. The crossings will allow wildlife to get across a heavily traveled section of North Oracle Road in the Oro Valley area north of Tucson, Arizona.

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Agencies will build two underpasses and one overpass between the Tortolita and Catalina mountain ranges. A three-mile stretch of Oracle Road, also known as Arizona 77, will be fenced to funnel wildlife into the crossings. The Tortolita-Catalina project will include the largest wildlife overpass built in Arizona and the first one built specifically for deer.

If you are a corridor junkie, you can download the Linkage Design report and associated GIS data used to provide recommendations for crossing structures, locations, and other measures to promote connectivity between the Tortolita and Catalina Mountains here, at the Corridor Design website.

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