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

National Parks Traveler

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

7 bighorns die after being hit by vehicles near Bonner, elsewhere

Missoulian | July 19, 2013 6:00 am  •  By Keila Szpaller

Seven bighorn sheep were killed in west-central Montana in the past week after being struck by vehicles, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Five of those sheep died after two collisions along Montana Highway 200 just east of Bonner, according to the agency.… Read the full Post

Research on mobility patterns of black bears could help wildlife, motorists

Missoula, MT – State and federal highway departments are interested in the mobility patterns of radio collared black bears off interstate 90 near Lookout Pass.

The bears habits provide information on where to locate possible wildlife passageways.

For the past two years, wildlife biologists have been monitoring 15 bears.… Read the full Post

Mongolian officials look to western Montana wildlife crossings as model

Missoulian | By Martin Kidston

EVARO – The drone of traffic created a constant roar on U.S. Highway 93 early Monday as a delegation of Mongolian government officials joined scientists in climbing an earthen bank spanning the roadway.

Animal tracks left in the mud told them they weren’t alone.… Read the full Post

Wildlife may benefit as highway culverts are redesigned

Ecologists hope to learn lessons from major storms

By Mary Esch |  ASSOCIATED PRESS | APRIL 12, 2013

AU SABLE FORKS, N.Y. — The humble highway culvert, cheaper than a bridge and unseen by drivers tooling through stream-laced mountains, has become a focal point in efforts to help communities and wildlife adapt to climate change.… Read the full Post

Over/Under

By Michael Jamison, National Parks Conservation Association

A summer haze shimmers over blacktop, swirling amid the sizzling hiss of tire on tarmac. Piercing glints of sun—strings of cars and trucks and rumbling Harleys—flash fast and bright before vanishing around the bend.… Read the full Post

Conservation group documents wildlife barriers with remote cameras

Billings Gazette | December 31, 2012 7:00 am  •  KARL PUCKETT Great Falls Tribune

GREAT FALLS — Two antelope met nose-to-nose one day in March in northeastern Montana, a barbed-wire fence keeping them on opposite sides of the prairie.

Unknown to the pronghorn, a camera mounted on a nearby fence post was capturing the fence-line rendezvous, one photograph per second.

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