Applaud Wildlife Overpasses Designed to Protect Threatened Species

Target: Roger Millar, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation

Goal: Applaud the construction of bridges intended to allow animals to safely cross busy interstate corridors.

Washington state is home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals, with some now nearing extinction in large part due to loss of habitat and deadly encounters with cars and trucks on busy highways. Now deer, elk, mountain lions, bears and many other animals will have a chance to safely cross one of the state’s busiest interstates without risking their lives, thanks to a new bridge put in place and others currently under construction.

As in many other parts of the country, the highways and interstate freeways in Washington state are convenient for humans, but pose serious risks to wildlife. The multi-lane roads that have cut through sensitive forest and desert habitats have left wildlife populations isolated, resulting in possible inbreeding and eventual extinction. Those animals that do attempt to cross highways are often hit by vehicles, which creates a life-threatening hazard for both motorists and wildlife alike.

With one wildlife overpass now visible near the city of Spokane, and 20 others to be completed over the years to come, the state is sending a strong message that it is committed to doing what it can to allow people and animals to coexist peacefully. Sign this petition and thank the Washington state officials for these important, life-saving bridges.


Dear Secretary Millar,

Many large wildlife species in Washington have been threatened with extinction as human populations increase and encroach on native habitats. The many busy highways that now cut through the state have resulted in thousands of animals dying each year as they are struck by motorists. Your department’s move to build bridges to help elk, deer and other animals cross over the I-90 interstate has the potential to save the lives of countless animals and drivers alike, and we wish to thank you for your commitment to protecting both.

We, the undersigned, are hopeful that construction on the other 20 planned wildlife overpasses continues unhindered and that future projects similarly designed to protect animals will be considered. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that Washington state remains wild for many years to come.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ted Kimble

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  1. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    wuhoo – go huskies!! and deer and elk and coyotes and rabbits and er gophers? no that’s the mid-west er oh yeah cougars, bears and er that’s it! people? they can catch the train.

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Thank you ! Thank you! Some good news for animals.

  3. Great news – but it’s a bandaid on a gaping wound and the obvious must be addressed. How to reduce the human population on the land? This must be addressed because Washington, like every other state, continues to promote unlimited human growth. No one ever talks about population caps, no one ever talks about reducing the current population numbers, even though the dangerously high levels threaten every living species.

  4. Remember the old adage,” the extinction of one is the extinction of the other.” one day that other could be us!

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