Mark A. Lotz

Evaluation and Use of Precast Wildlife Crossings by Florida Wildlife

We studied use of a new, less expensive design of wildlife crossing to determine the acceptance of the structure by wildlife. We documented wildlife use of 2 precast concrete wildlife crossings from 27 March 1995 to 30 June 1996 on State Road (SR) 29 in southwest Florida. Two additional crossings of a different design were monitored on Interstate (I)-75 for comparison. Over 1,000 photographs were taken of >20 species of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans using those 4 wildlife crossings. The SR 29 structures were utilized by Florida panthers (Felis concolor coryi), black bears (...