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Thousands of big game animals using underpasses

January 25, 2010 at 04:04 PM

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say cameras have recorded thousands of big game animals using underpasses beneath U.S. Highway 30 in Nugget Canyon near Kemmerer.

Officials say the number of vehicle-animal collisions has dropped as a result.

Green River wildlife management coordinator Mark Zornes says more than 6,000 mule deer moved south through Nugget Canyon underpasses and more than 400 north between Oct. 1 and Dec. 22.

The state built six deer underpasses along the route in southwest Wyoming in the summer of 2008 to help facilitate big game migration.

It’s the state’s largest effort to date in helping mule deer cross the busy highway and protect motorists from collisions with animals.

Zornes says elk and moose are also using the underpasses.

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