California Enacts Wildlife Connectivity Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2344, the “Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act,” which requires the California Department of Transportation, in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to identify barriers to wildlife movement and prioritize crossing structures when building or improving roadways. According to UC Davis, California experienced more than 44,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions from 2016 to 2020, resulting in injuries and deaths to both drivers and wildlife and causing at least $1 billion in damage.