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Wildlife crossings that go up and over highways may be constructed, Bernama reports. A detailed study will be carried out by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) in relation to this.

According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the ministry is prepared to build said overhead crossings – estimated to cost some RM3 to RM4 million – if the study receives an approval and should there be adequate funds to build them.

Junaidi explained that wildlife was currently under threat due to the construction of roads, dams and hydro-electricity power plants, forcing animals to migrate as they seek for shelter and food elsewhere. “I have discussed with the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, LLM, and other departments on wildlife roaming grounds shrinking due to deforestation,” he said.

“The federal government through Perhilitan has decided to create wildlife corridors where animals can move more freely to find food and shelter,” he added, noting that accidents involving wildlife usually happen at wildlife crossing routes. Furthermore, the minister advised LLM to check on fences (where livestock is being kept) next to highways, for holes and gaps, so that cows and goats do not roam onto highways.