Wyoming Game and Fish Presents Wildlife Traversal at Wyoming Wildlife Task Force Meeting
CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – The Wyoming Wildlife Task Force met in Casper on Jan. 25 to discuss improving public access, private landowner issues and checkpoints. preference. Other topics include sustainably increasing opportunities for residents to hunt deer, elk, and antelope, as well as reviewing recommendations for the “Big 5.”
During the meeting, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department provided an update on wildlife crossings.
According to the presentation, in Wyoming, 15% of all reported vehicle collisions involve big game. More than 6,000 deer, elk, pronghorns and moose are struck and killed by vehicles on Wyoming roads each year. According to claims data from StateFarm, Wyoming ranks tenth in the nation for collisions involving wildlife.
Game and Fisheries Department Deputy Director Angi Bruce told the task force that overpasses, underpasses and fences are proven solutions to prevent wildlife accidents.
“Why I’m excited about wildlife crossings is that we have solutions that work, and as a wildlife manager, if you can say our solution is 90% effective, that’s exciting,” said said Bruce.
In 2017, at a Wyoming Wildlife and Roads Summit, more than 240 wildlife crossing projects were identified. A team has been formed to implement the recommendations of the Summit.
Of 240 projects, 10 have been identified as statewide priorities. Two of the statewide priorities were funded, I-25 from Kaycee to Buffalo and HWY 189 to Dry Piney. Three other projects were listed as priorities to receive funding, I-80 at Halleck Ridge, HWY 189 at South Kemmerer and HWY 26 at Dubois.
According to Bruce, funding for wildlife crossing projects comes from programs and donations. Bruce noted that landowners are essential to the projects.
“I think the Kaycee to Buffalo project is 100% on private land, so we couldn’t do it without these landowners working with us,” Bruce said.
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