Nearly every one of us has seen wildlife killed after trying to cross the road. Most of us know someone who has been in a wildlife-vehicle collision. And too many of us have experienced the trauma of being in one, too. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Every year, more than 500 animals are hit and killed on Teton County roads. Because of growing traffic congestion, our roads act like physical barriers that prevent wildlife movement and migration along important corridors. Wildlife collisions cost Wyoming tax payers $50 million each year, and 1 in 5 highway accidents involve wildlife. While it’s helpful to slow down and pay attention for wildlife, the facts, data, and our own experiences in Jackson Hole, show us this just isn’t enough.
We can protect wildlife and our families by making it safe for wildlife to cross the road.
The best thing about wildlife crossings is that they work. In Wyoming, Montana, and Canada wildlife crossings have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by nearly 90 percent.
After years of hard work from the Wildlife Crossings Coalition, Teton County adopted the Wildlife Crossings Master Plan in June 2018. This plan provides a systematic, data-driven, objective plan for reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions in Jackson Hole. This plan prioritizes sites called “hot spots” and recommends mitigation measures in the form of underpasses, overpasses, and animal detection systems.
Now it’s time to turn the Plan into a reality, and the first step is funding the highest priority sites through a Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET). A wildlife crossings SPET measure on the November ballot would begin funding top priority sites within the Wildlife Crossings Master Plan.
Our coalition of nonprofits, community members, and dedicated volunteers are currently working to secure this SPET measure. Our long-term goal is reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions by up to 90% in Teton County. By getting crossings built, we’re protecting the animals and people that make this valley special.
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