Wildlife Barriers at Access Roads Along a Highway in a Multi-Functional Landscape on the Flathead Indian Reservation

Wildlife fences in combination with wildlife crossing structures are effective strategies for reducing collisions with large mammals and providing safe crossing opportunities for wildlife. However, in rural landscapes there are access roads for agriculture, dispersed housing, and other roads, resulting in short road sections with a wildlife fence and gaps in the fences at access roads. Along US 93 North on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, wildlife guards at access roads have proved to be an effective barrier for deer species, but they are quite permeable to species with paws, such as bears. To further improve human safety and reduce road mortality of wildlife, additional measures are needed at access roads. The objective of this project is to conduct field experiments to investigate the effectiveness of barrier designs that are more likely to keep wildlife species with paws out of the fence road corridor at access roads and fence-ends. A field experiment will be conducted at 3-5 locations along US Highway 93 North on the Flathead Indian Reservation. These sites will have a relatively low-cost electrified barrier installed, and the effectiveness of the barrier will be evaluated using wildlife cameras.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $75000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Western Transportation Institute

      Montana State University, Bozeman
      P.O. Box 174250
      Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
    • Project Managers:

      Huijser, Marce

    • Performing Organizations:

      Western Transportation Institute

      Montana State University, Bozeman
      P.O. Box 174250
      Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
    • Principal Investigators:

      Huijser, Marce

    • Start Date: 20200520
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220331
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01787268
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Western Transportation Institute
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 3 2021 5:31PM