Caltrans is implementing an innovative way to reduce the number of wild animals killed by cars at the top of the Cuesta Grade near San Luis Obsipo.
The agency has installed electrified pads on four roads near Tassajara Creek that deter large animals from entering the Highway 101 corridor. The pads administer a mild shock to any animal that steps on them
This is the first time these pads have been used in the state.
Wildlife authorities say a 2.5-mile segment of road from the Highway 58 interchange south to the railroad overcrossing is the scene of an unusually high number of collisions between cars and large wildlife.
Eight bears and numerous deer have been hit and killed by cars in that stretch during the past five years. It is a major crossing point for animals traveling through the Santa Lucia Mountain Range.
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