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By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

Wildlife crossings, the Wyoming way

How a fiscally conservative state with a wildlife-oriented culture has emerged as a leader in efforts to make roads safer for animals and motorists.

 

Last updated 1/26/2022 at 12:01pm

Wyoming Migration Initiative

Migrating mule deer jump a fence to use an underpass to cross under Interstate 80. The underpass was built for machinery access when the highway was opened in 1970, and was later retrofitted with exclusion fences that funnel animals toward the underpass. 

Road ecologists say wildlife crossings are one of the best ways to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and mitigate one of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems. This three-part series examines regional crossing initiatives as the federal government prepares to implement a $350 million pilot project - the largest investment of its kind in U.S. history. This is Part 2 of the series....



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