New Web site helps identify key animal crossings
As most of you know, the issue of collisions involving wildlife and vehicles is a very costly and dangerous element in our daily use of Idaho roadways. Many of us in the environmental arena have been working for a number of years to arrive at some sort of solution to cut down on the number of incidents encountered yearly.
We still don’t have the perfect solutions, but we are continually working on newer and better ways to detect animals in the roadways and also to get animals safely across the roads.
One solution to having a better idea of where animals are likely to be crossing the roadway. With funding from FHWA and hard work from Fish and Game, a wildlife linkage Web site has been established. This link covers every roadway in the state for which ITD has authority and it lists the likelihood of encountering animals and the likely species.
This site is interactive and linked from both Fish and Game and the ITD Environmental site. You are being asked to remember this site, and anytime you encounter an animal on the roadway, living or dead, domestic or wild, you are encouraged to go to this site and record your incident.
The site is growing and will continually have more information and better tools to plan how to reduce the wildlife collisions. Thank you for your attention.. and drive safely.
ITD wildlife and habitat coordinator
To review the site, visit: Wildlife Crossings