A new pilot program has been launched in the US to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions.

The Department of Transportation has rolled out the first-of-its-kind pilot program which has grant funding available to states and communities for projects including constructing wildlife crossings over or below busy roads, adding warning signs for drivers and acquiring mapping and tracking tools.

“Every year, Americans are injured and killed in crashes involving cars and wildlife,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “By launching the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program, we are taking an important step to prevent deadly crashes in communities across the country and make America’s roadways safer for everyone who uses them.”

Each year in the United States, around 200 people are killed – and many more are injured – in more than one million collisions involving wildlife and vehicles, the Department of Transportation has revealed. The Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program will dedicate $350 million over five years for wildlife crossing projects to make roads safer.