Wildlife corridor study in Highway 17...

Wildlife corridor study in Highway 17 Santa Cruz Mountains

There are 51 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Dec 22, 2008, titled Wildlife corridor study in Highway 17 Santa Cruz Mountains. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

De Anza College researchers and students are working to make sure that wildlife and people can coexist in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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wildman

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Dec 22, 2008
And then do we pass out maps so that the animals can locate the crossing areas?
nope

Aptos, CA

#2 Dec 22, 2008
I hope this isn't costing alot. I heard that the Elk were brought in by a farmer down by livermore. The herd grew and spread. I had a deer jump clean over my head once. So ya they can cross 17 and it's not all barriers. There is a family of coons living in the sewer across the street from my house downtown. I've also seen skunks, and possums's down here. They adapt. Those are some fat coons too.
ID 10 T

Richmond, CA

#3 Dec 22, 2008
are those crossing area going to continue to cover the hwy? If i kill one do i need a license?you forgoat the wildlife at ucsc.
mike

San Jose, CA

#4 Dec 22, 2008
America owes Trillions, is bankrupt. students abroad are learning all the sciences, math & engineering. Business and how to manufacture things, how to export.
do we have our priorities in the right place?
John Pritchard

United States

#5 Dec 22, 2008
This is a great idea, we need to do all we can to help wildlife in our area, and Highway 17 must be a really terrifying barrier for animals to cross. Interesting that it is a community college and not one of the Universities that is doing this important work.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Dec 22, 2008
Are they suggesting that the barriers for traffic be removed so animals can travel accross the road?
Stupid people can drive off down the banks again soon!! How wonderful!! The whole problem to begin with was allowing building housing to run amok up in the mountains. Not only is it pushing all the wild animals into smaller and smaller spaces, it is just plain STUPID!! The houses built on side of mountains and steep slopes around here contribute to mudslides and erosion and present problems for the owners also. Duh! ya think earthquakes and mudslides are going to stop because your house is built on faulty terrain? I don't think so, and ya know what?? I think the insurance companies would
be completly justified in refusing to insure such houses. How come the planning department allows that sort of building but has all sorts of stupid regulations when someone wants to simply ad on a room or build another bathroom on a house BUILT ON REGULAR FLAT AREAS?? Yep insanity reign supreme alright!!'nuff said.
Lucas

AOL

#8 Dec 22, 2008
What if the study shows that wildlife and people can not coexist in the Santa Cruz Mountains?
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Dec 22, 2008
Lucas wrote:
What if the study shows that wildlife and people can not coexist in the Santa Cruz Mountains?
I was sort of hinting at that in my "blogg" above.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Dec 22, 2008
Anyhow.....housing should not be built on sides of mountains and steep slopes. THE CAVE LIVING DAYS ARE OVER AND HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME!!
If you want to go up in the mountains go camping for god's sake and come back to normal areas where people are supposed to live in large numbers. Mountains and heavy terrain are for the wild animals. It is okay to visit such places but we should be intelligent enough to leave it largely alone. AND WE DID NOT....that is why we have visiting mountain lions, etc. And we don't like that right? What does it tell us?

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#11 Dec 22, 2008
I was crossing Hwy One on the La Fonda Road overpass well after midnight this past October and had to stop my car abruptly because a 2-point buck was blocking my path. Apparently he was attempting to cross to the south side of Hwy One by using the overpass. I think its cool when people and animals can co-exist. I'm reminded of the design of Golden Gate Park where a child could wander to any section of the park without ever crossing a road. Perhaps such a design is what these college students have in mind?
Nate

Ben Lomond, CA

#12 Dec 22, 2008
Becky Johnson wrote:
I think its cool when people and animals can co-exist.
As evidenced by your actions downtown.
Wow

San Jose, CA

#13 Dec 22, 2008
Wescruz wrote:
Anyhow.....housing should not be built on sides of mountains and steep slopes. THE CAVE LIVING DAYS ARE OVER AND HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME!!
If you want to go up in the mountains go camping for god's sake and come back to normal areas where people are supposed to live in large numbers. Mountains and heavy terrain are for the wild animals. It is okay to visit such places but we should be intelligent enough to leave it largely alone. AND WE DID NOT....that is why we have visiting mountain lions, etc. And we don't like that right? What does it tell us?
Dude, take your meds and then actually get informed. Just because you think everyone should be stuffed in awful cities doesn't mean everyone else does. Breathe deeply and reapeat "it's ok to coexist".
another moron

Daly City, CA

#14 Dec 22, 2008
nope wrote:
I hope this isn't costing alot. I heard that the Elk were brought in by a farmer down by livermore. The herd grew and spread. I had a deer jump clean over my head once. So ya they can cross 17 and it's not all barriers. There is a family of coons living in the sewer across the street from my house downtown. I've also seen skunks, and possums's down here. They adapt. Those are some fat coons too.
Just because a deer can jump over a fence doesn't mean it can jump over a 4 lane hwy. The elk were not "brought in" by a farmer they are native to the central valley and were almost hunted to extinction except for a small heard that was found, the same thing with the otters.
The Ca grizzly was not so lucky, you know the one on our state flag.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Dec 22, 2008
Wow wrote:
<quoted text>
Dude, take your meds and then actually get informed. Just because you think everyone should be stuffed in awful cities doesn't mean everyone else does. Breathe deeply and reapeat "it's ok to coexist".
Hwy, "WOW". Does that mean you realized that, "wow my brain is actually half fried".? You are doing the typical anarchist tactic. Adding something to someones statement that was not stated. I suggest that you re-read (if you can, because by now you are probably too stoned to understand anything more) what I read and you can see that I did not suggest that people only live in cities. Geez, someone get this person something for the eyes or whatever.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Dec 22, 2008
Or "Hey Wow." whatever the case may be.
HereWeGoAgain

United States

#17 Dec 22, 2008
Instead of making a crossing for the animals, just build a tunnel (with higher education funds) through the mountain, under tha wildlife area.
JJJ

Berkeley, CA

#18 Dec 22, 2008
if you carefully read the article, you will see they are talking about using culverts UNDER the highway as animals passageways.

I saw a presentation on some of this work in Coyote Valley and other areas, its quite effective. they installed IR cameras at existing culverts with motion detectors and found an amazing array of animals were using the culverts as through-ways under the 8 lanes of US101.
Nope You da moron

San Jose, CA

#19 Dec 22, 2008
another moron wrote:
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Just because a deer can jump over a fence doesn't mean it can jump over a 4 lane hwy. The elk were not "brought in" by a farmer they are native to the central valley and were almost hunted to extinction except for a small heard that was found, the same thing with the otters.
The Ca grizzly was not so lucky, you know the one on our state flag.
Deer can cross 17 and do it frequently. They jump over the barrier if it's there. Just because Elk are indiginous does not mean that it did not happen in Livermore and that could explain an increased population. Umm. Sea Otter's don't cross freeways and the Grizzly was hunted to extinction in Ca. to protect livestock. Neither is related to the story. Dummy.
Wow

San Jose, CA

#20 Dec 22, 2008
Wescruz wrote:
<quoted text>
Hwy, "WOW". Does that mean you realized that, "wow my brain is actually half fried".? You are doing the typical anarchist tactic. Adding something to someones statement that was not stated. I suggest that you re-read (if you can, because by now you are probably too stoned to understand anything more) what I read and you can see that I did not suggest that people only live in cities. Geez, someone get this person something for the eyes or whatever.
If you want to go up in the mountains go camping for god's sake and come back to normal areas where people are supposed to live in large numbers.
^^^^^^^^^^
If you can't write clearly maybe you should put down the bong and take a nap. Let's see. "where people are supposed to live in large numbers" sounds like a city and a someone dictating to other people "where" they should be. Blow me.
We All Shine On

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Dec 22, 2008
Less two legged population growth and more of the zillion other species on the planet. HELLO! this earth is not just for one species only. Wake up and smell the stench of too many people!!!... other living beings are dwindling to extinction!... And, no I do not smoke dope. This is a reality people!!!

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