Roads threaten our wildlife & people
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.
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.
It doesn't have to be this way
With wildlife crossings structures, we can protect wildlife and our families by making it safe for animals 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.
Then, this summer, our town and county voted to include wildlife crossings on the November Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) ballot, giving voters the opportunity to allocate community funds toward this important cause.
Now it is time for our community to fund and implement the master plan. By voting for wildlife crossings on the November SPET (Specific Purpose Excise Tax) ballot, we can allocate local funds to build wildlife crossing structures and other mitigation efforts.
By getting crossings built, we’re protecting the animals and people that make this valley special. The Alliance is continuing to work with our partners at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to get out the vote and make sure the wildlife crossings measure passes on November 5. Learn more about the grassroots effort, wildlife crossings data, and the SPET election here.
We need your help to get there!
Vote FOR the wildlife crossings on your November 5 SPET ballot, or vote early starting September 26. Click "Get Involved" below or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our team.