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Motor-Vehicles And Wildlife Health

  • According to New Scientist magazine, at least 10 million animals die each year on roads in Spain -- including endangered species such as lynxes, wolves and several species of vultures. The report by a federation of 200 environmental organizations in Europe, concluded that many animals were killed either by careless motorists or drivers who deliberately ran them down.
    ed: Tens of millions of animals and about 10,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are killed by cars each year in the United States.

Call for Bicycle-Free Wilderness

  • Wildlife Need Habitat Off-Limits to Humans - "For the sake of the environment, for our own health and happiness, and for our children, we need to move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. The primary obstacle is our reliance on technology. Coincidentally, the primary threat to wildlife is also technology -- e.g. tools that make wildlife habitat more accessible, such as maps, GPS sensors, satellites, bulldozers, 4-wheel-drive vehicles, mountain bikes, rafts, climbing equipment, night-vision goggles, etc. Banning the use of such technologies in order to protect wildlife can at the same time help us move toward a more sustainable future." Michael J. Vandeman, Ph.D.

Second-hand Antifreeze And Condor Health

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a California condor which died in the wild suffered kidney failure caused by antifreeze. It had apparently been attracted by the sweet flavor of ethylene glycol in a puddle of antifreeze dumped by a motorist.
 
 

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