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Help prevent wildlife deaths near Yellowstone National Park

What if you could help prevent wildlife deaths on Idaho's Highway 20 near Yellowstone?
If you have entered Yellowstone National Park through Idaho, you likely have driven Highway 20.
 
Recently the Idaho Transportation Department began planning the expansion of a section of road adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, also known as Targhee Pass.
 
Being so close to Yellowstone, this road feeds visitors in and out of the park. Research also shows it's a hot spot for wildlife/vehicle collisions. Wolverines, grizzlies, moose, elk and more cross this highway regularly.
 
According to research, widening roads and increasing speeds results in more wildlife collisions, while over- or underpasses and warning systems have been proven to decrease these collisions by up to 80 per cent. But these have to be built into plans early on and the Idaho Transporatation Department is accepting comments right now
 
Let them know the safety of both humans and wildlife matters to you and should be taken into consideration from the very start.
 
We urge you to comment by Jan. 30 and have included a template letter below. Use this unprecedented opportunity to join me in sharing your thoughts with the Idaho Transportation Department.
  
Follow progress of this project on the Island Park Safe Wildlife Passage Initiative Facebook group or join our email group at kim@y2y.net you'd like to stay in the know. 

Thank you, 

Kim Trotter
U.S. Program Director
Send your comments to the Targhee Pass Study Team by Jan. 30 via: 

To whom it may concern,

 

I would like to share my comments on the proposed expansion of Highway 20 at Targhee Pass. I believe strongly in the safety of both the humans and wildlife that travel this corridor.

 

In the interests of reducing the deaths of animals that use this stretch as they move in and out of Yellowstone National Park, I urge you to take safety measures into consideration from the outset as you plan, budget and engineer this project.

 

Please consider overpasses, underpasses, fencing, lower speed limits or other mitigation efforts into your plans as the project moves forward.  New research from Montana shows that widening roads and increasing speeds results in more accidents with wildlife.  And research in Canada recently showed up to 80 per cent of animal/vehicle collisions can be prevented by including safety measures and escape methods for them. 

 

This is an opportunity to make our roads safer for the people and wildlife that encounter them.

 

Sincerely,