It's not easy to be a wild animal these days. Between animal agriculture, mining and timber industries and urban sprawl, these poor creatures see their natural habitats reduced nearly every day. One particularly difficult obstacle is expressways that divide the animals' territories and make it deadly or impossible to get to the other side.
Fortunately, there are a few people who recognize this problem and who have the desire and wherewithal to do something about it. The Ventura Freeway cuts across a large swath of Southern California including migration routes for mountain lions, deer, coyotes and many other species. These animals have been trapped on one side of this highway or the other for years now, making it difficult to eat, grow and reproduce. On Earth Day, 2022, the government broke ground on an innovative natural bridge that will help animals cross to greener pastures on the other side. There have been other projects to help wild animal co-exist with their human counterparts, though so far this is the largest. Let's hope this is just the beginning.