Road ecology blog: Wildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, Canada

February 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Road ecology blog: Wildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, Canada.

Wildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), across a newly twinned section of Hwy 69, Ontario, Canada. The overpass spans 4 lanes of traffic (2 lanes in each direction), and has art (drawings of animals) on the side, visible to people traveling the highway. The top of the overpass is landscaped with trees, shrubs, and brush and rock to provide cover for animals. Elk (Cervus canadensis), moose (Alces alces), Black bear (Ursus americanus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are among the target species.The overpass has a gradual approach (slope) for animals that approach the structure from the surrounding landscape. The overpass was completed in 2012, and the fencing was completed in 2013. The cost for the wildlife overpass were about CAN$ 2.9 million.

The wildlife use of the overpass is monitored by Kari Gunson of Eco-Kare. Moose, white-tailed deer, red fox (Vulpes vulpes), coyotes (Canis latrans) and black bear have been documented using the overpass.

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Wildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, CanadaWildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, CanadaWildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, Canada. The overpass has art (drawings of animals) on the side, visible to people traveling the highway. The top of the overpass is landscaped with trees, shrubs, and brush and rock to provide cover for animals. Elk (Cervus canadensis), moose (Alces alces), Black bear (Ursus americanus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are among the target species.The overpass has a gradual approach (slope) for animals that approach the structure from the surrounding landscape. The wildlife overpass cost about CAN$ 2.9 million.

Wildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, CanadaWildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, CanadaWildlife overpass (about 30 m wide), Hwy 69, Ontario, Canada. The overpass has art (drawings of animals) on the side, visible to people traveling the highway. The top of the overpass is landscaped with trees, shrubs, and brush and rock to provide cover for animals. Elk (Cervus canadensis), moose (Alces alces), Black bear (Ursus americanus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are among the target species.The overpass has a gradual approach (slope) for animals that approach the structure from the surrounding landscape. The wildlife overpass cost about CAN$ 2.9 million.

 


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