Utah animal rush hour caught on camera

Posted by Lucinda Dordley on 7 December 2020

An animal crossing in Utah, USA, has been deemed a success after a Facebook video posted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources caught a number of diverse species making use of it to cross a busy interstate road.

This highway had previously been known for being a roadkill hotspot and hazard.

‘It’s working! Thanks to the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University for monitoring the Parley’s Canyon Wildlife Overpass this year,’ the video was captioned. ‘As you can see, the 2nd year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well. Please keep off this overpass. Thanks!’

The Parleys Canyon Wildlife Overpass extends over the I-80 highway, which is located near Salt Lake City. The overpass was built after 14 moose, 46 deer and 4 elk were killed there over the course of just one year, between 2016 and 2017.

According to reports by the Western Transport Institute, elk accidents cost roughly $25,319 (R446,000) while moose accidents as can cost as much as $44,546 (R677,000) each.

To watch the video, click here.

Image: Screenshot from video

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