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Wyoming Game and Fish presents on wildlife crossing at Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce meeting

Cheyenne-Scottsbluff KGWN-TV 1/26/2022 Katherine Reed
Wyoming Game and Fish Department Deputy Director Angi Bruce presented on wildlife crossing at the WWTF meeting Jan. 25. © Provided by Cheyenne-Scottsbluff KGWN-TV Wyoming Game and Fish Department Deputy Director Angi Bruce presented on wildlife crossing at the WWTF meeting Jan. 25.

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce met in Casper Jan. 25. to discuss improving public access, private landowner matters, and preference points. Other topics include sustainably increasing resident opportunity for deer, elk, and antelope hunting as well as reviewing recommendations for the “Big 5.”

During the meeting, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department gave an update about wildlife crossings.

According to the presentation, in Wyoming 15% of all reported vehicle collisions include big game wildlife. Over 6,000 deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose are hit and killed by vehicles on Wyoming roads every year. According to StateFarm claim data, Wyoming ranks tenth in the nation for collisions involving wildlife.

Game and Fish Department Deputy Director Angi Bruce told the Taskforce that overpasses, underpasses, and fences are proven solutions to prevent wildlife accidents.

“Why I get excited about wildlife crossings is we have solutions that work, and as a wildlife manager if you can say our solution is 90% effective, that is exciting,” said Bruce.

In 2017, during a Wyoming Wildlife and Roadways Summit over 240 wildlife crossing projects were identified. A team was formed to carry out recommendations of the Summit.

Out of 240 projects, 10 were identified as statewide priorities. Two of the statewide priorities have been funded, I-25 from Kaycee to Buffalo, and HWY 189 in Dry Piney. Three other projects were listed as top priorities to receive funding, I-80 in Halleck Ridge, HWY 189 in South Kemmerer, and HWY 26 in Dubois.

According to Bruce, funding for wildlife crossing projects has been sourced through programs and donations. Bruce noted that landowners are fundamental to the projects.

“The Kaycee to Buffalo project, I think is 100% on private land, so we couldn’t do it without those landowners working with us,” said Bruce.

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