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Idaho roadkill study begins along wildlife migration route

The government wants to determine potential locations for wildlife crossings.

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service says $25,000 is being used for a federal-state project in eastern Idaho to identify road-killed animals in a major wildlife migration corridor to determine collision hotspots and potential locations for wildlife crossing structures.

The agency says 75% of historical migration routes for elk, bison and pronghorn have been lost in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Fremont County in Idaho has many of the remaining migration routes but a high rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions.

The project started earlier this summer and uses volunteers to identify dead animals on U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 87.

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Officials say the information can help the Idaho Transportation Department better understand wildlife-road conflicts through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Fremont County residents in a non-binding advisory vote last year voiced opposition to structures to keep wildlife off roadways, citing potential harm to property values.

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