A wildlife bridge in Utah is helping to save the lives of numerous species, and concealed cameras are recording all of the creatures that utilize it. Concerns about the safety of animals near highways have grown in recent years, and with it, the need to find a solution.
Among so many options, it appears that building bridges has yielded the best results, since they assist animals in crossing perilous places.
While crossing a highway is perilous for wildlife, it should also be remembered that it is dangerous for humans, since many accidents occur. Each year, more than 200 people are projected to be killed in incidents between animals and automobiles in the United States, a much too high amount.
Fortunately, the idea put up by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources appears to be working and appears to give a clear answer to the problem, namely, lowering the accident rate.
The wildlife conservation center designed a method after learning that the busy six-lane motorway (Interstate 80) is extremely harmful for animals. The idea was straightforward, but its primary goal was to reduce traffic accidents and safeguard the neighborhood’s hairiest people.
As a result, the Parley’s Canyon Wildlife Overpass, a bridge dedicated just to animals, was formally completed in December 2018. This bridge, on the other hand, is not a typical crossing; it is covered in soil, pebbles, leaves, logs, and other natural materials to provide color to the landscape.
The officials in charge also constructed 3 1/2 miles of barriers on both sides of the roadway to lead the animals to the bridge.
Wild animals, on the whole, require a long time to adjust to changes in their environment and begin to integrate them normally.
Officials predicted that animals would take several years to use the bridge, but something extraordinary altered their minds. The animals seemed to appreciate the new gait choice, and the researchers saw surprising results almost immediately.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is glad to announce that the bridge is used by a diverse assortment of species after two years of operation.
A covert camera is used by the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University to monitor “traffic” on the overpass. And the results have been astounding since the records began to be kept, with many lives saved in the year 2020.
In a Facebook post, the group stated:
“It’s going well!” As you can see, the second year of this flyover has been effective in assisting animals in safely migrating across busy Interstate 80 while also assisting motorists in being considerably safer… “.
Moose, servants, bears, porcupines, bobcats, raccoons, squirrels, and other creatures can be seen crossing the bridge in a video released in November.
The animals appear to be content since they may roam to new territory and feeding locations without fear of dying.
According to USA Today, transportation spokesperson John Gleason stated that the results acquired in the first years of operation of the bridge were already promising.
“As far as we can determine, the number of accidents has decreased dramatically.” At first glance, it looks that the security investment is paying off. We thought it to take several years for the animals to become acclimated to it, but this is fantastic.”
Six other wildlife bridges and fences have been installed along separate animal migratory routes in Utah as a result of the flyover’s success.
It has been hard to determine how many lives the bridge has saved till now, but owing to the continuous monitoring of the cameras, we will have a more exact figure in 2021.