Wildlands Network works to ensure we can live in harmony with North America’s wildlife by rewilding and reconnecting habitats that have been fragmented by roads, fences, and other man-made barriers.
Every day, approximately one million vertebrates are struck by motor vehicles and killed in the United States. In New Mexico, we have an opportunity to change that by urging state legislators to support the Wildlife Corridors Act.
New Mexico’s Senate Bill 228 (the Wildlife Corridors Act), sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would direct the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the state Department of Transportation to develop an action plan to identify key roads and other barriers impacting wildlife migration and to direct construction for safe animal passage and road safety. This legislation is a paramount stepping-stone in ensuring that populations of deer, elk, pronghorns, black bears, and other key species can safely traverse their habitats in New Mexico.
The Wildlife Corridors Act also will provide safer roads for New Mexico’s residents. New Mexico’s Department of Transportation estimated from 2002 to 2016 that more than 2,500 people were involved in wildlife-vehicle collisions, with 738 of those collisions resulting in serious injury or death. However, this number is likely much higher because an estimated 50% of wildlife-vehicle collisions go unreported. In 2016 alone, the estimated cost of injury and property damage totaled $19,415,326.
Please contact your State Representatives and Senators and urge them to vote YES on Senate Bill 228, the Wildlife Corridors Act.
Note: We need some basic information, including your address, to connect you with the legislators who represent your area. Some legislators may also require you to provide a phone number before contacting them. This particular call to action is only available to residents of New Mexico.