Wyoming to build two wildlife underpasses

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission plans to spend $1.25 million to build two wildlife underpasses in western Wyoming on Highway 189. Commission officials say the stretch of highway sees some of the highest incidents of vehicle collisions with wildlife in the state, due in part to the highway crossing a corridor used by mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) during spring and fall migrations. The Wyoming Department of Transportation and other organizations are partnering on the projects. The agency hopes to reduce collisions by up to 90 percent through the projects, which are scheduled for completion by 2022.

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Header Image: A mule deer crosses the highway in front of an oncoming car in Wyoming.
©Gregory Nickerson, Wyoming Migration Initiative/University of Wyoming