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Animal Crossings: Sharing Roads With Vermont Wildlife

Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department and VTrans have been collaborating in studying how and why animals cross roads.

Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

We're joined by James Brady of the Vermont Department of Transportation and Jens Hilke of the Fish and Wildlife Department.

Also on the program, author and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert on her latest book, "The Sixth Extinction."

Broadcast live on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.