Reducing Roadkill: a Focus on Mule Deer and Golden Eagles in Wyoming
With support from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), Corinna and her team are identifying traffic volumes above which deer struggle to cross roads. This will be used to help WYDOT identify priority areas for crossing structures (highway under- and over-passes). She is also working with WYDOT to assess the effectiveness of reduced night-time speed limits as a method to decrease wildlife-vehicle collisions. Finally, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), she is working to determine where deer migration corridors and winter use areas are most threatened by vehicle collisions; this will further guide priority locations for deer-vehicle collision mitigation measures. She will also determine where Golden Eagles are most likely to scavenge on deer carcasses and, in doing so, get hit by cars. This will help planners to prioritize areas for frequent deer carcass removal and/or measures to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.
For more information, please visit Corinna’s website at: www.corinnariginos.com.