Montana’s wildlife needs safer crossings

If you’re ever driving along U.S. Highway 93 in Montana, be ready for the chance you’ll encounter a deer in your car’s headlights. Montana currently ranks second in the nation for the risk of wildlife–vehicle collisions, according to State Farm Insurance.… Read the full Post

Montana to host Wildlife and Transportation Summit in December 2018

Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage is proud to partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Department of Transportation, the Office of the Montana Governor and the Western Transportation Institute to plan and host Montana’s first wildlife transportation summit to be held in December 2018.… Read the full Post

With 51 Grizzly Mortalities, 2018 Deadliest Year On Record For Montana Bears

2018 has been the deadliest year since scientists started keeping track for grizzlies in Northwest Montana — a number that hasn’t gone above 35 in more than a decade.

“We did have a record high number of mortalities,” says Cecily Costello, a grizzly bear research biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. … Read the full Post

Grizzly bear died after being hit by a train near Columbia Falls

A male grizzly bear cub died after being hit by a train last week on the railroad tracks near Columbia Falls, according to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

BNSF Railway reported hitting a grizzly bear near North Hilltop Road on November 8.… Read the full Post

Grizzly bear, two cubs killed trying to cross highway in northwestern Montana

Officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife program say a family of grizzly bears was killed as the female bruin and her two cubs tried to cross a highway on northwestern Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. The deaths bring to four the number of grizzlies killed this year on a 13-mile stretch of Highway 93 near Ronan.… Read the full Post

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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