An environmental report has been released on a cutting edge proposal to build the state’s first wildlife highway crossing on Highway 101.
Caltrans is proposing construction of the crossing west of Liberty Canyon Road, in Agoura Hills.
The idea is to give mountain lions and other wildlife the ability to safely travel between key habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills. Researchers say the highways in the region have created barriers which have led to animal deaths, and reduced the genetic diversity of a number of species.
There are different versions of the plan, but the basic proposal calls for a 165 foot wide bridge over Highway 101, which would be covered with soil and plants to make it as natural as possible. It would also include a walking trail for people.
Caltrans is planning a public hearing October 12th at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas to share details of the proposal.