A new grant program is trying to tackle dangerous crashes with animals, which kill around 200 people in the U.S. annually. Now the Department of Transportation is giving millions of dollars to wildlife crossing projects.
Each year in the U.S. there are more than a million crashes involving wildlife, with sometimes deadly outcomes for both animals and people.
“We have an opportunity to do something about it,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.
The Transportation Department recently announced it’s giving $110 million in grants to 19 wildlife crossing projects across the country. The program is the first of its kind and Secretary Pete Buttigieg says it will save lives and boost conservation efforts.
“It’s the right thing to do for conservation and for habitats and wildlife, but it’s also the right thing to do for drivers and their kids,” Buttigieg said.