Sign campaign dramatizes road dangers to animals

A central Pacific animal welfare organization has joined a campaign to save the lives of wild animals.

Motorists are perhaps the biggest predator, and the organization, the Asociacion Pro Bienestar Animal, notes that there are two major reserves in the area,  the Parque Nacional Carara in the mountains above Jacó and the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Punta Mala in Esterillos.

The organization, which also is known as McKee-Jacó, said that it has erected signs in the past to warn motorists that they should brake for animals. The organization said it was impressed by the signs that were designed by Costa Rican artist Aileen Cubero in conjunction with the  Municipalidad de Corredores and tropical biologist Alejandra Rojas Barrantes.

McKee-Jacó said it is seeking sponsors for the signs.

Workers for the Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes already are putting up some already, the organization said.

The organization noted that a Universidad de Costa Rica study showed that motorists are a major cause of animal deaths in the Pacific area.

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