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Wildlife and Roadways

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Current Project: U.S. Highway 26/287 
Dubois, Wyoming

Virtual public meeting: December 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm on ZOOM.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) invite interested citizens to attend a virtual meeting to discuss possible solutions to wildlife/vehicle collisions along U.S. 26/287 outside of Dubois, Wyoming.

The meeting will be held over ZOOM on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. Participants must pre-register and will be sent a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. We encourage you to join by video using the online meeting link to view the presentation.

Annually, an average of 136 collisions with mule deer occur on this stretch of highway, costing $746,000 per year. WYDOT, as well as Game and Fish, and various wildlife and community groups, hope to reduce those collisions as well as impacts to other wildlife, such as bighorn sheep. These entities are taking action to find solutions that give wildlife the green light for safe passage along this 26-mile stretch of U.S. 26/287, from east to west outside of Dubois.

This stretch of highway was identified at the 2017 Wildlife and Roadways Summit as one of the top 10 priority areas in the state to begin looking for solutions. The summit kicked off the Wildlife and Roadways Initiative that Game and Fish, WYDOT, other governmental and non-governmental agencies have been working on to identify priority areas and work together to find ways to fund and implement projects that reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions, increase motorist safety, and maintain or re-establish disconnected wildlife migration routes.

To evaluate this stretch of highway, Julia Kintsch from ECO-resolutions LLC was hired as a consultant. Kintsch has 15 years of experience helping wildlife and transportation agencies mitigate wildlife movement. At the Dec. 8 meeting, Kintsch will present the project partnership’s initial findings and ideas for solutions. 

Please pre-register and plan to join the ZOOM and share your thoughts about the information gathered, what has been learned, and some potential solutions to reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions in the Dubois area.   

For information about the meeting or the project, please contact Game and Fish Lander Region Wildlife Coordinator Daryl Lutz at 307-335-2616.

Zoom link for registration
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvc-qsrD4pGdKV3PaWolvhvB_tiYSTiY2x


Photo by Mark Gocke. 

Wildlife and Roadways Initiative Background

Much work has been undertaken in Wyoming to re-establish or maintain wildlife movement corridors and to minimize wildlife-vehicle collisions. Much remains to be done. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) are committed to increasing emphasis and focus on these issues. In April, 2017, WYDOT and WGFD jointly hosted the Wyoming’s Wildlife and Roadways Summit” (Summit) to focus attention on migrating and wintering wildlife, wildlife-vehicle collisions, and motorist safety. This event was a unique opportunity for state agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), members of the public, and other stakeholders to come together to actively address these critical issues and identify opportunities to mitigate these conflicts.

View the map of priority areas and more details on the Initiative


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April 26-27, 2017

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