Deer safety crossings help reduce road accidents

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — State wildlife officials say two new crossing structures have safely allowed 300 deer to cross under busy northern Utah roads.

Division of Wildlife Resources officials tell KSL (http://bit.ly/RLOeDF) the projects are reducing the number of deer that are hit and killed by vehicles.

Utah State University researchers have been monitoring a culvert in Box Elder County since 2009. They say deer weren’t using it as much as scientists hoped, but changes in a fence design have improved the animal traffic.

Officials counted 284 deer using the culvert to cross the highway in Sardine Canyon in the first six months of the year.

A new pathway under a bridge at Summit County’s Echo Junction has been used by about 60 deer in its first six months.

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