The life-saving wildlife crossings at Canada’s Banff National Park

Banff Wildlife Crossings

Banff National Park, Canada, is home to a series of bridges and tunnels created for wildlife, commonly known as the Banff Wildlife Crossings. These car-free pathways are quickly becoming a conservation inspiration across the world.

The overpass structures, implemented by Parks Canada 26 years ago, were designed to reduce the number of animal-vehicle collisions on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Look at how the passageway’s uninterrupted greenery has helped over 200,000 animals get on with the business of living.

Crossings designed to protect wildlife

These animal-specific routes have been a major rewilding success in the area.

There are now seven overpasses and 41 wildlife underpasses that stretch from Banff National Park to the British Columbia border. The wildlife tunnels contain sand traps that make it easier to identify the footprints of any animal, including bears, beavers, cougars, foxes, sheep, and even toads.

The structures, combined with highway fencing to keep animals off the road, have decreased collisions in the area by more than 80% — nearly 99% for elk and deer!

Banff Wildlife Crossings
Photo by WikiPedant at Wikimedia Commons
Banff Wildlife Crossings
Photo by Coolcaesar at Wikimedia Commons

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