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More Transportation and Deer News from 2018



Wildlife crossings planned for I-25 widening to improve animal and driver safety December 29, 2018 Colorado, Colorado Springs Gazette
... Between 2005 and 2017, 785 animals were killed on I-25 between mile markers 160 and 180 ...  the best way is to create underpasses ... mule deer and elk — search for a route of travel with a clear line of sight to protect themselves from a lurking predator ...

... “Since we installed these devices, the number of animal road deaths is down significantly, particularly in the autumn when the male deer cross the road to rut ...  the device will be triggered not by the vehicle but by the animal, through a thermal sensor ...

... studying 2,000 to 3,000 videos ... animals eat grass nearby for 10 minutes or so before entering the tracks, stayed on the rails for around 10 minutes and then returned... to lick the rails to ingest iron ...

... The crossing spans six lanes above Interstate 80 at Parleys Summit and is intended to serve as an alternative path for migrating moose, elk, deer and other animals...


... its largest wildlife bridge. The 35-foot-tall (11-meter), 66-foot-wide (20-meter)  ... a natural migration route from the Cascades to Keechelus Lake ... elk, move to the lower lands as the season change and the mountains get colder and snowier...

... signs ... were recently installed at one of the mule deer migration bottlenecks near Fremont Lake, where several thousand animals pass through each spring and fall north of Pinedale. One sign is at the Fremont Lake overlook and the other is at the parking area for the CCC Ponds...

Why did the deer cross the road...there? November 15, 2018 Pennsylvania, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management - Penn State
... Deer didn’t just approach the closest fence section and then decide how to cross...  They were seeking them out... crossing sites had bottom wires that were significantly higher than adjacent fence panels. Just like migration, ungulates appear to learn these fence quirks then pass on this knowledge...

... 12-mile stretch of central Washington’s main north-south route ... More than 350 deer are hit each year... The best solution they’ve found: constructing wildlife underpasses... could reduce collisions by 50 percent ...

Blue road reflectors ineffective against deer collisions October 25, 2018 Switerzland, World Radio Switzerland 
... hunters from across the country are disagreeing. They say they’ve seen a decline in collisions since the reflectors were fitted...

Studying wildlife ecology through road-killed animals October 19, 2018 Idaho. Rexburg Standard Journal
... I-84 became an impediment to migration...  many were killed ... many deer remained on the east side of the freeway and spent winters near Snowville, Utah. That winter range had insufficient forage for deer, and during the following winters, an estimated 40 percent of the herd died of malnutrition... the deer herd is currently less than half of what it was in the 1960s ...

... The incentive-based safety challenge is encouraging people to submit ideas and even unconventional concepts that address wildlife-vehicle collisions... a prize of $15,000 ...

... deer claims across the U.S ...  are down from 2016 statistics. That is a surprising fact considering their are four million more licensed drivers on the highways ... The likelihood of having a collision with a deer in Virginia is 1 in 99, a decrease of 4.7% since the 2016-2017 study...


... According to State Farm Insurance, drivers are two to three times more likely to hit a deer in October through January...  estimates collisions dropped slightly to 1.33 million in the U.S. between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018— down from 1.34 million in 2017...


Fall is peak time for deer hits September 28, 2018 Wisconsin, newsroom.amfam.com
... Deer-vehicle collisions are more common in October and November. ... An estimated 1.5 million deer-vehicle crashes occur on U.S. roadways each year, resulting in thousands of injuries and multiple deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ...

Local Group Asks For More Wildlife Crossings September 27, 2018 Oregon, KBND
... Mule deer are a common site around Central Oregon. But Suzanne Linford, founder of the group Protect Animal Migration (PAM), says numbers are dwindling, "They are at less than 50% of their sustainability...In the High Desert, deer must cross Highway 97 each fall to get to the Fort Rock area...

Critters are already using unfinished animals-only bridge over I-90 September 24, 2018 Washington, NW News Network
... Deer have already begun using an unfinished wildlife bridge over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass... the long term plans for the cross-state corridor through the Cascade Mountains encompass 27 total wildlife crossing structures ...

Car-moose collisions on decline in Maine September 23, 2018 Press Herald
... In 2017, there were 287 car crashes in Maine involving a moose ... less than half the 646 crashes 10 years earlier, in 2007, and down 32 percent from five years earlier, in 2012... Moose populations ... probably aren’t a big factor ...

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway September 21, 2018 Phys.org
... a company called Solar Roadways has developed a smart highway with solar panels, including sensors and LED lights to display traffic warnings about any upcoming hazards, such as a deer. It also has heating pads to melt snow in winter...

Roadkill Report a Roadmap to Avoiding Wildlife Collisions September 18, 2018 California, UC Davis
... Collisions with wildlife continue to cost up to half a billion dollars each year in California ... according to the annual roadkill report from the UC Davis Road Ecology Center... Deer make up about 90 percent of wildlife collisions reported...

... Shika Sonic randomly changes the frequency of its sounds because animals get used to noises if they continue hearing the same sound and because different animals dislike different kinds of noise.  T.M. Works repeatedly tested the device at the northern foot of Mount Fuji near the company and confirmed it can drive away deer 50 meters ahead of the car within a few seconds...

Wildlife crossings make sense September 5, 2018 Idaho, Post Register
... The best solution is for voters in Fremont County to step up and tell the world that safe travel and safe wildlife passage are important to them; important enough to vote YES to wildlife crossings on the November 6 advisory vote...What ITD is looking at to keep drivers safe on Highway 20 is simple – some crossings and fencing...

Illinois Public Land Deer Hotspots for 2018 August 20, 2018 Game and Fish
... It has been found that deer-and-vehicle accidents are an accurate barometer of herd population trends. The Illinois Department of Transportation manages one of the most comprehensive databases in this field for the entire country...

... the fatalities were wildlife: 98 deer, three moose, two raccoons, two elk and a cougar all struck and killed by vehicles... The continuing roadkill there in recent years did spur a public call for improvements ... wildlife fencing is going to direct them to this specific location ...

... his biggest concern is not being able to see deer on the side of the road... The state is hoping to address the problem with a new chemical spray called PGR —short for plant growth regulator. PGR doesn’t kill the grass. It simply slows down the growth...

...  relatively more accidents during the full moon than other lunar phases and that most of the accidents occur during the brightest time,” Tom Langen said. “We believe that is because the deer are moving more.” ...

... there were 16,905 claims for animal-caused losses filed by motorists in New Jersey last year—a 14.1 percent increase over the previous year... the majority of animal loss claims occur in the autumn months of October and November, during the deer mating season...

More wildlife crossings proposed for Highway 85 expansion in western ND July 8, 2018 North Dakota, The Dickinson Press
... the North Dakota Department of Transportation is recommending two more underpasses on Highway 85 in the Badlands to accommodate bighorn sheep, mule deer and other animals... wildlife crossing near Williston ... Cameras that monitor the crossing have shown moose enter the underpass but they have not gone through it ...

... Each year more than than 13,000 mule deer migrate safely through Nugget Canyon near Kemmerer using six underpasses and fencing,.. Just a few years before about 130 mule deer each died each year....

Slow down, save a wild life July 4, 2018 Ontario, durhamregion.com
...The study [University of Waterloo]  concluded that many of the thousands of wildlife-vehicle collisions occurring each year could be prevented if authorities implemented a few, cost-effective strategies to minimize the occurrences.  Strategies include better signage, wildlife detection systems, fencing and wildlife crossings...

... deer, the moose, and the elk can get around that fencing still... we've had 8 animal deaths in 5 days. It's a problem. To have such a good start with wildlife fencing and then have it removed spoke volumes ... UDOT ... they're overwhelmed ... we have seen so much growth over the past two years."

... Six holes were cut in a $2.5 million deer fencing and underpass project east of Kanab on U.S. 89, leading to 15 deer on the roadway and six deer-vehicle collisions...

... on a 940-metre stretch of Rafting Ground Road in Brookfield.  The electronic system is attached to what looks like a standard guardrail on the kerb and produces the high-pitched sonar signal between 4kHz and 8kHz when activated by a vehicle’s headlights...

... According to Minnesota DPS statistics, collisions with deer caused 27 deaths between 2012 and 2016, as well as a further 137 serious injuries. The DPS says deer collisions are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, who accounted for 14 of 15 deaths between 2013-15...

Wildlife crossings provide safe passage for Brunswick's critters May 11, 2018 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... “As habitat decreases and becomes more fragmented, maintaining wildlife corridors and wildlife crossings will help to maintain healthy wildlife populations while reducing animal-vehicle collisions,” ...

A plan to reduce animal-vehicle collisions on Hwy 17 May 10, 2018 California, The Tracy Press
... The concept is to make an undercrossing, long and wide enough, for animals to go through safely without having to cross the busy highway...  roadkill data shows mountain lions, deer, bobcats etc. are going onto the highway to cross over, causing the animal-vehicle collisions...

I-90 wildlife overpass nearing completion. -May 2, 2018 Washington


Wildlife crossings protect drivers and deer April 12, 2018 Utah, KUTV 2News
... Across the state, there are 48 wildlife crossings meant to guide deer and other animals safely across busy highways... working on a wildlife overpass along I-80 in Parleys Canyon. It’s one of the first overpass ...

Number of deer-related crashes difficult to tally February 20, 2018 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... Biologists who study deer say it is impossible to deduce some larger perspective about highway traffic or deer density based solely on local road kill counts. Although driver observations of local road kills may suggest the count is rising, falling or remaining stable, without additional supporting data those sightings are merely anecdotal...

Evaluation of a Buried Sensing Cable for Roadside Animal Detection [PDF] C Druta, AS Alden, BM Donaldson - 2018
... Data analyses indicated that the ADS, if properly installed and calibrated, is capable of detecting animals such as deer and bear with over 90% reliability. The ADS also performed well even when covered by 3 feet of snow and under various traffic conditions, showing no vehicle interferences during the same monitoring period...

... The five underpasses and two overpasses that cross Colorado 9 south of Kremmling have reduced wildlife related crashes by almost 90 percent ... At the (Durango) underpass we’re seeing a large number of mule deer going through the structure daily ...

WYDOT suggests safer speed February 1, 2018 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... lower speeds are being recommended because they're proven to reduce the likelihood of costly and often dangerous collisions with wildlife.  Featuring a running deer and the word “ATTENTION,” the signs were all located strategically ...

Snorting, barking trains deter deer January 19 2018 Japan, The Australian
... The invention by the Railway Technical Research Institute has succeeded in reducing deer near the tracks by 40 per cent, and is a breakthrough in a long campaign to reduce locomotive-deer collisions and the delays and inconvenience to passengers they bring ...
     Why trains in Japan will bark like a dog and snort like a deer January 17, 2018 Telegraph.co.uk
... Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks across Japan every year ... The concept of the new system is inspired by the fact that deer are known to snort a short, shrill sound to alert other deer when they are in danger.  The sound of a deer snort was combined with the barking of an enemy dog ...

... Moose and deer took to ’em pretty much right away, not much hesitation at all,” Sturm said of the underpasses. “Elk were a little more reluctant at first, but they have sort of gotten used to them...

... Four Roosevelt elk ...were dead on the south side of the two eastbound travel lanes. Another four or five elk were in varying stages of catastrophic injury on the north side of the road near a grassy median, and another animal had dragged its broken body another 200 feet down the highway east toward Portland...


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