Wildlife collisions a real danger

Deer strikes have occured in the high country. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
In rural areas it is all too common to see animals that have been hit on the roadways and Anza is no exception.Around 1 million animals are killed each year on highways in the United States. In the past five years, collisions involving wildlife have cost California at least $1 billion and potentially up to $2 billion, according to estimates in an annual report by the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis.From bighorn sheep, dogs, deer and cats to squirrels, birds and lizards, it seems no creature is safe. Rabbits, skunks, raccoons, coyotes and snakes round out the list.But wildlife on roadways also presents safety hazards to motorists. There are over 260,000 crashes involving animals every year on average, resulting in 12,000 human injuries and over 150 hum
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