February 7, 2012
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Wolverines are in the local news again!
A wolverine has finally used a wildlife overpass to get across the deadly TransCanada Highway in Banff National Park – the first recorded crossing in 15 years for this species.
It’s the first time a wolverine has ever been photographed on one of the multi-million-dollar overpass structures in Banff, which were built to stop roadkill, help animals access critical habitat and keep populations connected.
Read more about the highway passes that have seen 200,000 crossings by wildlife, including grizzly and black bears, wolves and ungulates.
From Highway Wilding
This is a tiny fraction of the amazing photos of wildlife that have been captured in the last 15 years on wildlife crossing structures that span the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park.
July 27, 2010
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Researchers in China have discovered that isolated populations of giant pandas are genetically different. Physical barriers such as areas lacking an adequate bamboo supply separate the population, making inbreeding a possibility.
The scientists recovered 192 fecal samples, which came from 53 unique genotypes, indicating a fragmentation of the giant panda population.
Wildlife corridors of sufficent bamboo forest are required for the continued survival of the panda, one of the most endangered animals in the world.
A wildlife corridor is a protected strip of land that allows wildlife to move (or migrate) from one area to another, linking habitat patches. The corridor allows animals to roam freely without coming into conflict with human development, and to locate other members of their species.
With the increased development in the world’s wild areas, wildlife corridors are vital to the survival of all wildlife. Setting aside large blocks of protected land for parks may look good on paper, but unless the animals have a way of traveling to the area, the parks serve only to save plants, not the wildlife.