Wednesday, 24 October 2012

New road bridges mean fewer deer being killed on roads – So they can be shot?

Deer crossing structures appear to be working

October 2012. Two wildlife crossing structures have allowed more than 300 deer to cross safely under two busy roads so far this year. The two crossings are just two examples of crossings across Utah that are reducing the number of deer that are hit and killed by vehicles. Utah State University (USU) is leading studies to determine the effectiveness of wildlife crossing structures across the state.

Sardine Canyon
U.S. Highway 91 was widened through Sardine Canyon in the mid-1990s. When it was widened, several features, including wildlife culverts, fencing and wildlife escape ramps, were installed to try to reduce the number of deer that were hit by cars.

Initial crossing didn't work
USU has monitored a culvert continuously since 2009 using cameras on both the west and east sides of the culvert's entrance. USU's initial findings indicated that the culvert wasn't as effective as it could be. The way a fence was designed near the culvert, and gaps in the fencing farther away from the culvert, were likely to blame, researchers said.


Continued: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/deer-bridge-utah.html

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