I'm glad that this issue has been raised in the press. It is often taken for granted that relocating species out of the way of development is sufficient to prevent the population from going extinct. However, without proper follow ups we have no idea whether the mitigation is successful or detrimental for the species, or if it is a complete waste of money.
The relocation of animals to make way for land development rarely succeeds and could be driving some species towards extinction, according to a new study. An international team of scientists found that “mitigation translocations” – where animals were moved from the path of building projects – were “increasing rapidly” and far outnumbered instances of science-led relocations of animals to help recover populations.