Fastest US land animal, the pronghorn, gets help crossing Wyoming highway

By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

The fastest land animal in the U.S. now has safe passage across a Wyoming highway — extending a seasonal migration that’s been going on for 6,000 years.

Pronghorn antelope have started using two overpasses atop Highway 191 that were completed this fall, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced this week.… Read the full Post

Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions as a Performance Measure

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 Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions as a Performance Measure

Wildlife pose a significant safety hazard to users of a state’s transportation infrastructure as evidenced by the steady increase in the number of collisions with wildlife nationwide.… Read the full Post

Researchers study Montana wildlife crossings for use on Chinese roads

August 29, 2012 9:00 pm  •  By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian

EVARO – Western Montana motorists worry about hitting deer on the road. Yun Wang worries about elephants.

The China Academy of Transportation Sciences researcher has spent the past month in Montana, looking at wildlife crossing projects like the under- and overpasses along U.S.

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Gazette opinion: New law watches out for wildlife-motorist safety

The new Highway Bill recognizes what Montana and Wyoming residents have always known: Critters and cars don’t do well on the same track.

The law that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed last week incorporates in statute, for the first time, provisions for wildlife public safety and habitat access to be considered in planning ground transportation projects.… Read the full Post

Wildlife Friendly Fencing Publications Posted

We have updated our Research & Publications page to include wildlife friendly design brochures and manuals from MT and WY.… Read the full Post

Mild Winter Leads to More Car-Animal Collisions

Wed May 16, 2012 12:40pm EDT

(Reuters) – The mild winter led to at least one unexpected consequence: many more costly collisions between cars and wildlife on American roads. Insurer Chubb Corp received 35 percent more claims for car-animal collisions in the first three months of 2012 than it did for all of 2011, the company said on Wednesday.… Read the full Post

Wildlife are Good for Montana’s Economy

From Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks website:

The 9.8 million visitors to Montana represent 10 times Montana’s resident population and result in 43,300 jobs for an economic impact of $2.75 billion. Hunting, fishing and viewing are primary activities for residents and non-resident visitors whether looking at visitation on National Forests or in the various travel counties.

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Montanans Rate Wildlife Along Highways as #1 Problem

A survey of Montana residents’ perceptions about possible problems with Montana’s highways rated wildlife along highways as the number one problem (both 2004 and 2006).  Read the 2006 engineering consumer satisfaction survey (2006).… Read the full Post