Skip to comments.Natchez Trace Parkway: Slow down in salamander zone
Posted on 12/07/2011 5:53:43 PM PST by WKB
HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A two-mile section of the Natchez Trace Parkway south of Interstate 20 in Hinds County now has a lowered speed zone to protect wildlife in the area.
According to the National Park Service, there is a habitat in this area for several species of salamanders and frogs, including the state-imperiled Websters salamander.
In order to increase the ability for these species to cross unharmed, a reduced speed limit of 35 mph at night, when raining, will be in effect, the National Park Service announced in a press release Wednesday.
Dozens of amphibians are killed by cars each night during the rainy nights in the December and March breeding season, the National Park Service says.
Be careful out there MS Ping
You holding up traffic, now? (8^D)
The NTP is nothing but a speed trap.
So running over them at 35 mph means they wont be killed?
Or ... going only 35mph will make it possible for drivers to see them on the road and swerve to miss them...
lots of luck
You are 100% correct.
I've heard the story about those innocent salamander-like Naughas being slaughtered to make Naughahyde sofas. This stretch of road must be where that happens.
We have made several trips up and down the whole length of the Natchez Trace, it is a beautiful road. I hope we can do it again someday.
Wow! The little dudes can run 36mph+? Just wow. Fast little dudes.
Maybe those giant multithousand pound vehicles somehow become airborne when they slow down to 35mph and manage *not* to squish the little dears?
Because when you see them you are able to stop more ‘almost in time’ and they don’t smear as far if you’re only going 35mph?
I’m not seeing the logic in this rule. And I had many years of physics.
Are there similar laws on other roads in that area? Do the lizards like to play chicken ONLY on the trace? And only after dark or in the rain? (lizard version of ‘hold muh beer...’)
Truly Amazing ain’t it!!!!!!!!!!!
Got a barricade with razor wire and a machine gun nest.
I ~said~ “SLOW DOWN, DAMMIT!”
The Trace runs through my farm, hope they don’t find any of those frogs in the ponds. The actual old real Trace runs through it too, it is just a wide path running by a creek.
Salamander tunnels will be coming your way too!
Back in l987, Amherst, MA put in the first salamander tunnel.Big celebration in town and then they realized the salamander didn’t know about the tunnel and were still getting killed. They had volunteers stationed at the entrance to train the critters to use the tunnel.
Since then the States of Vermont, Massachusetts, California and Connecticut have followed suit. VT’s cost $150,000. Canada also got the bug and started building salamander tunnels. Now many salamanders and frogs have collars so the NPS can monitor their success (whatever).
Not sure why any state takes this seriously and falls for this ridiculous and failed experiment. But thinking there is money to be made with transfer of Federal $$$ to States.
I think I’m going to see if yardcats will eat this particular critter. no sense letting one of them set up housekeeping on MY property.
Anybody know somebody with kittens?
Yeah. Even though my fizziks is only Dog. U. fizziks. Even *I* can see the problem with this rule.
Speaking of dogs, wonder if dogs eat these critters...Hmmm, outside dogs or outside cats. decisions decisions decisions.
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