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Julie Hambleton
Julie Hambleton
December 1, 2020 ·  2 min read

‘It’s working!’ Video shows animals using wildlife bridge to safely cross interstate

A lot of money goes into wildlife protection and conservation. It’s incredible when that investment pays off. A video of a wildlife bridge in Utah shows that our efforts to make the world safer for animals hasn’t gone unnoticed. (1)

Video Shows Wildlife Bridge in Utah Working

In December 2018, Utah built its first wildlife bridge. The concept is simple: Build natural overpasses across major highways so decrease the number of animals attempting to cross the busy interstate. (1)

These overpasses are incredibly important in protecting those driving on the highways as well as the animals living in the area. (1)

On November 19 the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources posted a video proving that the overpass was well-worth the amount of time, resources, and money that went into building it. (1)

You can see a variety of animals crossing over the bridge, including (1):

  • Porcupines
  • Bobcats
  • Deer
  • Mountain lions
  • Bears

On Facebook, the department wrote:

“As you can see, the second year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well.” (1)

The wildlife bridge is called the Parleys Wildlife Canyon Overpass and is situated in Summit County, Utah. (1)

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Not the Only Bridge of its Kind

All over the world cities and regions are building over- and under-passes to provide more safe crossing spaces for their wildlife. These wildlife bridges are helping animals big and small cross busy highways safely.

Not only do these bridges protect the animals, but they also make things safer for motorists. If you are driving down the highway at 65 miles an hour and hit a deer, moose, or other, you will most likely have irreparable damage done to your vehicle and be seriously injured in the collision. 

Even small animals pose a threat when people attempt to swerve to avoid them. The more wildlife bridges there are across busy highways, the less likely these collisions are to happen.

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