Rise in Roadkill Requires New Solutions

Vehicle–wildlife collisions kill millions of animals–and harm thousands of people–each year. Scientists are working on solutions

By Melissa Gaskill

In the 1960s widening U.S. Highway 27 just north of Tallahassee cut Florida’s Lake Jackson into two sections. When water levels fell too low in either part, thousands of turtles, frogs, snakes and alligators would hit the road to head for the other side—where cars and trucks often hit the animals.… 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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Best Conservation Stories of Montana 2012: Deer-Car Crash at 75mph

Story Summary

A son of Montana who grew up wild between hope and paradise in mountains of enchantment. A mother whose life’s work in conservation took on extra meaning after a harrowing car accident. A filmmaker’s rocky quest to discover the cost of climate change for bighorn sheep.… Read the full Post

Rise in deer-car collisions concerns Idaho officials

November 26, 2012 | Idaho Outdoors

More than 5,000 deer, elk and moose were killed by cars on Idaho’s roads last year, a number so high that Fish and Game officials are worried about impacts on hunting and are ramping up monitoring and wildlife crossing programs.… Read the full Post

Montana in top 10 for deer-vehicle collisions

Billings Gazette | November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 12:00 am  •  By Brett French

It’s a sad distinction, but Montana has once again been ranked as one of the top places in the nation where a collision with a deer is possible.… Read the full Post

Stop the carnage, slow the speed limit

November 14, 2012 | Idaho Mountain Express

Driving state Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum at night is worse than betting on a roulette wheel. Where the elk stops, nobody knows.

Drivers aware of the threat from big game slow down, peer intently into the dark and try to discern the flash of an eye or the glint of a hoof to give them warning that elk are wandering near the highway.… Read the full Post