People kill more wildlife with their cars than in any other way. But we can help cut the number of animals who die on roads and highways.
Millions of wild animals are struck down by vehicles each week in the U.S. The suffering and death of every cardinal, skunk, and deer is horrible to think about. And on a larger scale, there are some wild populations that can’t survive the loss of individuals.
We’ve got good news: Society is making great strides to help wild animals cope with roads in their habitats. Elongated bridges, overpasses and underpasses, and even culverts—combined with fencing that guides animals to them—offer the best hope for reducing the carnage.
You can help. Start by slowing down at dusk and dawn, and give wildlife a brake.
News & Events
September 26, 2013
After a near-fatal collision with a motorcycle, a pregnant raccoon was rescued and received lifesaving surgery at South Florida Wildlife Center. She was released in time to give birth to her babies in the wild.
June 27, 2013
Black bears are often spotted in residential neighborhoods this time each year as yearling bears venture out to find homes of their own.
May 15, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States presented a Humane Wildlife Stewardship Award to participants of Operation Turtle, a public-private partnership that has saved the lives of hundreds of aquatic turtles and other wild animals.
February 28, 2013
The HSUS and the Colorado Department of Transportation Issue Statement on Ongoing Prairie Dog Relocation Project
The Humane Society of the United States and the Colorado Department of Transportation issued a joint response to public concern about a prairie dog relocation project.
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.