Wildlife alert system will warn approaching drivers

| Friday, June 17, 2005

If you’ve ever looked at a sign saying “Deer crossing: next two miles” and wondered who taught the animals how to read, Montana’s new wildlife monitoring system will make much more sense.

The state’s Department of Transportation is installing wildlife sensors along a two-mile stretch of U.S. 191. The sensors are designed to detect deer and other large wildlife nearing the roadsides, which will then activate signs to warn approaching drivers.

According to The Associated Press, growing vehicle traffic and more human activity near the area known as Trapper’s Point has created a problem with migrating deer and antelope on the roadways. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department told The AP that at least 2,000 mule deer and 1,000 to 5,000 antelope use the corridor each year.

The project will cost approximately $900,000 to install and will be completed by the end of September, The AP reported.