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WYDOT Wildlife Project Recognized

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been honored by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for their work over the years to reduce big game mortality on highways within the state. In 2001, WYDOT developed Wyoming’s first ungulate crossing structure in Nugget Canyon along US Highway 30 near Kemmerer in western Wyoming. The underpass was so successful in reducing vehicle/wildlife collisions that it led to a number of additional projects around the state including one on Togwotee pass and several north of Pinedale, and miles of deer-tight fencing along the state’s highways.  In total, these structures and associated fencing have significantly and verifiably reduced overall wildlife-vehicle collisions. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is comprised of 23 states and Canadian provinces stretching from Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii.

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