Determining Wildlife use of Wildlife Crossing Structures under Different Scenarios

This research focuses on using remote trail cameras to determine what types of bridges and culverts deer and elk will use under (and over) Utah roads. Through 35 wildlife cameras placed along US 6, Interstates 70, 15, and 80, and US 89-91, the study helps researchers see which structures have the greatest rates of use and lowest rates of repel for mule deer and elk. Through analyses of the different designs, the study will help the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) design wildlife crossings that are cost-effective while adequate enough to pass these ungulates. Established and new crossing are being monitored, as well as existing box culverts and bridges. The presence of fencing is also being analyzed, as it is becoming clear that wildlife will rarely use a structure if they perceive that they can cross the road. The end product will result in a series of recommendations for designing mule deer and elk crossings in Utah.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Project Managers:

      Stevens, David

    • Performing Organizations:

      Utah State University, Logan

      Structural Materials Research and Testing Lab
      Logan, UT  United States  84332-4110
    • Principal Investigators:

      Cramer, Patricia

    • Start Date: 20071001
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 23576

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01464110
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Utah State University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 089120, UT07.401
    • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM