Alberta Transportation is looking to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Canmore.
The area, described as a “death trap” is a high-collision zone for motorists with animals like deer, elk, bears and wolves. Officials have put out a request for proposal on the design of a wildlife overpass, which are currently used in places like Banff National Park. They are also working on an animal detection system along the highway that would alert motorists to wildlife.
The project would also meet part of Alberta’s grizzly bear recovery strategy by reducing the impact of highways on wildlife movements. A recent study looking at wildlife overpasses in Banff National Park showed grizzly bears often choose larger and more open structures rather than underpasses or tunnels to cross roads.
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