Highway Underpasses Provide Safe Crossings

Summer 2012, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund, and Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative worked together to install a second highway underpass with associated fencing on Highway 789 just north of Baggs, Wyoming. The two underpasses enable mule deer to traverse the highway as they migrate from the Sierra Madre Mountain Range to their winter range in the Hiawatha area southwest of Rock Springs, Wyoming, near the Wyoming/Colorado state line. A boom in the oil and gas industry has brought additional traffic to the area. In 2007, 183 deer fatalities caused by vehicular collisions occurred along this stretch of Highway 789. In 2012, use of the underpasses reduced deer fatalities to approximately 40. Other animals also benefit from these underpasses; wildlife cameras have documented use by elk, coyotes, and bobcats. For more information, please view the WGFD’s video on www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrQB6n07vKM.

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