Letter to the editor: Oppose future development in migration corridors

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Dear Editor,

This past winter, we lost a significant number of deer and pronghorn antelope and the losses will continue. As a wildlife biologist, I have observed the degradation of habitat and migration corridors over many years due to development. I am writing to urge you to oppose the development of any new projects in migration corridors. Migration corridors are the routes that animals take to move from one place to another, often in search of food, water and breeding grounds. These corridors are essential for the survival of many species, and development can have a devastating impact on them.
Here are some of the key reasons why we should not approve development in migration corridors.
• It can fragment habitat. When development breaks up migration corridors, it can make it difficult or impossible for animals to move between the different parts of their habitat. This can lead to population declines and even extinctions.
• It can increase the risk of collisions with vehicles and other human-made structures. Animals that are trying to migrate through developed areas are more likely to be hit by cars, trains and airplanes. They are also more likely to be killed by fences and other barriers.
• It can introduce pollution and noise. Development can pollute the air and water that animals need to survive. It can also create noise pollution that can disrupt animal communication and behavior.
• It can disrupt breeding and feeding grounds. Many animals migrate to specific breeding and feeding grounds. Development in these areas can make it difficult or impossible for them to find food and raise their young.
In addition to the harm it does to wildlife, development in migration corridors can also have negative impacts on humans. For example, it can lead to flooding and other natural disasters. It can also reduce the availability of clean water and air.
I urge you to join me in opposing the development of any new projects in migration corridors. We must protect these vital routes for the sake of wildlife and future generations.
I would also urge you to contact your local representatives and county commissioners to urge that they formally protect the important wildlife habitats in the county and state, especially if that is a primary reason that you live here.


Dan O. Stroud, Pinedale