The Wyoming Game & Fish had their last meeting for the year. During the meeting, the commission discussed the Kaycee wildlife crossing. This crossing project will include several smaller projects on I-25 between Kaycee to Buffalo, Wyoming. The planned fencing and underpasses should reduce accidents with mule deer and white-tailed deer. After discussing the crossing project, the commission decided to grant an additional $500,000 towards the project. Finical support came from 17 different funding sources, including partners, local government, and public donations.
“We’re grateful to everyone who has supported this project— including private and public donors, Johnson County, and private landowners. This stretch of I-25 has the second-highest vehicle-wildlife collision rate in the state, and we’re eager to start work to make a difference for the safety of people and wildlife.” – Angi Bruce, Game and Fish Deputy Director of External Operations.
Roadkill and wildlife-vehicle-conflicts have become a major management issue recently. As stated in the quote above this section of road has the second-highest collision rate in the state of Wyoming. As a result, you may see more and more wildlife crossing projects throughout the state. These types of projects have become so prominent that even the federal government has set aside money for them. Back in 2020, we at Ehuntr covered federal wildlife migration grants. You can read the article by clicking here.
Likewise, Wyoming has been working steadily to increase its wildlife crossing projects. In 2019 we covered a grant that gave $14.5 million to the state to use on these times of projects. That article can be found by clicking here. You can also read more about it by going to the Wyoming Game & Fish’s website by clicking here.