Wilderness crossings, fences likely to reduce road fatalities by 75% on S. Hwy 89 | Ecological

For years, mule deer crossing South Highway 89 in the winter often met a horrendous end, getting crunched by cars traveling the highway between Jackson and Hobuck.

In January 2017, when heavy snow drove ungulates from higher elevations to lower developed areas, the problem was so severe that the Wyoming Department of Transportation told the Jackson Hole Daily that its workers were removing one road-killed deer per day from the highway. . But now, five years later, numbers compiled by University of Montana researchers show that 8-foot-tall wire fencing and underpasses for wildlife can reduce the number of deer killed by as much as 75%.

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