Chances of Hitting a Deer in My State – Report

We are still #2. In 2016, MT drivers had a 1 in 58 chance of hitting a deer (or similarly-sized large animal). This year, 1 in 57… so that’s a 1.8% increase. Average costs have also risen, from $3,995 last year to $4,179.… Read the full Post

Roadkill: An Emergency Responder, Absent A Gun, Is Handed A Grim Task

The red emergency lights from the fire truck sweep over the elk. She is sternal, her legs drawn up under her, head and neck up. Such long necks. “F–k,” I exhale, seeing that there is still active, unfolding carnage here. I can see the driver, sitting up in the pickup cab, face lit by the glow of his phone.… Read the full Post

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We provide comments on short and long-term highway and road planning in order to ensure human safety and wildlife concerns are incorporated early-on in project planning. We also recently submitted a letter in response to the Montana Department of Transportation’s request for comment on the newly enacted federal transportation law: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).… Read the full Post

The 10 Most Dangerous Stretches of Highway in Montana: MSWP’s New Report Published

High-Risk Zones for Ungulate-Vehicle Collisions during Montana’s Fall Migration Season

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Tyler Creech, PhD

Meredith McClure, PhD

Renee Callahan, JD, MESM

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INTRODUCTION

Wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) represent a serious threat to human safety and property and to wildlife populations. More than a million WVCs with large mammals occur each year in the United States, resulting in more than 200 human fatalities and 29,000 injuries1.… Read the full Post

Montana No. 2 in nation for wildlife vs. car collisions

From the Billings Gazette, Sep 20, 2016:

http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/montana-no-in-nation-for-wildlife-vs-car-collisions/article_27ae6e83-04b3-5e14-98a4-29f6b8615f80.html

“Montana has the distinction of ranking No. 2 in the nation for auto versus deer, elk or moose collisions, according to a report by State Farm insurance company based on the number of claims filed.

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Wildlife Bridges offer deer, antelope safe passage over highways

From the Wyoming Tribute Eagle, Nov 7, 2014:

http://www.wyomingnews.com/things_to_do/wildlife-bridges-offer-deer-antelope-safe-passage-over-highways/article_292a60f5-322f-56d0-a9d4-0fc4c41259fe.html

A herd of eight pronghorn antelope mosey over a bridge.

From their perspective, the bridge’s surface looks just like the prairie on either side of the span. Thanks to the 4-foot high berms on the edge of the 150-foot-wide overpass, the pronghorn show no sign of awareness of the highway traffic below.

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Bridge crossing will help increase wildlife safety

Construction part of project to upgrade U.S. 89

A short bridge that’s being constructed as part of a $6.8 million reconstruction of a six-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 89 southeast of Dupuyer will help wildlife safely cross underneath the road at that location, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.… Read the full Post

Montana ranked #2 in deer collisions

NBC Montana | Missoula, MT

Big Sky Country’s known for its big game, but that also puts Montana near the top of a not so enviable list.  New numbers out from State Farm Insurance show Montana ranks number two in vehicle – deer collisions. … Read the full Post

MDT Initiates US 89 Corridor Study

July -August 2013

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and in coordination with Park County, is developing a corridor planning study of US Highway 89 (N-11). The study will examine the highway from reference post (RP) 0.0 at the Yellowstone National Park (YNP) boundary in Gardiner, north to RP 52.5 south of Livingston.… Read the full Post

PEER: National Park Service At Fault As Visitors Leave A Lot Of Roadkill In Their Wake

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Submitted by Kurt Repanshek on August 5, 2013 – 1:40am

A review of wildlife lost to vehicle collisions in three iconic national parks shows the National Park Service is struggling, and sometimes failing, to reverse the trend, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.… Read the full Post