Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Push On To Lower the Road-Kill Toll in New Mexico.(Final)

Byline: Katie Burford Journal Staff Writer

Lack of water could drive the silvery minnow to extinction, but an often-overlooked threat to the rest of New Mexico's wildlife is highways, ecologists said during a two-day workshop this week in Albuquerque.

In the past, road kill was viewed as an annoyance at best and a safety hazard to motorists at worst.

But experts say there is a growing awareness across states that the nation's intricate system of highways and roads is having a significant impact on animals.

More road kill is not the only consequence of the country's ever-extending roadways. Highways have also increased habitat fragmentation, which affects wildlife's ability to breed and forage for food. …

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