Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tunnels to prevent carnage of Canadian salamanders

In the early 1990s, local volunteers lifted about 1,200 of them over the bump through two rainy April nights. Then, park staff knocked down a curb so the animals were able to scale it to cross the road. But they're still being squashed by cars and trucks. The mortality rate has been estimated at 10 percent to 40 percent, so now the federal parks agency plans to install tunnels under a stretch of highway at a cost of about C$40,000 ($38,000) to end years of carnage among the long-toed salamander of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta.

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