San Francisco freeway deadliest California road for animals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calling California's Interstate 280 a "death trap" for wildlife, a roadkill researcher concludes the most frequent collisions between vehicles and animals in the state occur along the busy stretch from San Jose to San Francisco.

A report released last week by Fraser Shilling at the University of California, Davis, finds that of the 700,000 traffic crashes across the state last year, about 6,000 involved wild animals.

Schilling says lower speed limits, warning signs and structures that promote safe animal crossings could help prevent wildlife collisions. Shilling notes that squirrels will use rope bridges to cross roads if they are available.

Another roadway that saw a cluster of roadkill was Interstate 80 between Davis and Sacramento.

The research looked at data from February 2015 through February 2016.