Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Danger Areas Mapped Out.(Final)

Byline: Katie Burford Journal Staff Writer

Animals May Get Fences, Passages

The most critical places to address the impact of New Mexico highways on wildlife are Tijeras Canyon, Raton Pass, San Augustin Pass on U.S. 70 and N.M. 90 near the Burro Mountains in the Gila National Forest.

That list of priority areas was one of the outcomes of a novel workshop that took place last week in Albuquerque. Participants said it was one of the first to bring together ecologists, conservationists and highway officials for the purpose of devising ways to reduce the impact of roads on animal habitat.

The student group Wild Friends has been an outspoken proponent of measures such as fences and passageways to protect wildlife and make roads safer for motorists. …

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