Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sadly, many of the park's wildlife die in collisions with (speeding?) vehicles in the park, and the railroad takes it's toll as well.
Recently, this big bull moose met his end on the highway.

Although he will no longer roam the valleys in the park, others do benefit from his remains.

I managed to put up a camera to watch who came to the moose meat banquet.

Fortunately, some steps are being taken by the park to help alleviate the carnage on the roads,
This section of road is being twinned, and as part of the project, the road is fenced off, so wildlife should not be able to easily access the travel surface.

But, since they still have to travel from one side to the other, numerous types of wildlife crossings are built into the design.

Many are various forms of culverts and underpasses, but some animals to not adapt well to tunnels, so several overpasses are constructed as well.
In these photos, such an overpass is under construction. When finished, wildlife will be able to cross the highway high above the traffic.
In this image I borrowed from News of Interest TV, you can see one of the completed overpasses that was constructed about 10 years ago.
It's been quiet on the RV front, but I did manage to drag the new fifth wheel for a couple nights close to home.

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me, or does there seem to be fewer amimals along the highways through the parks than there used to be? Not that many years ago, travelling through Banff and Jasper, you could see many types of animals along the road. Have they learned to stay further back or are the parks people encouraging them to stay off the road-sides. Either way, I hope staying away from the roads is helping cut down on the deaths of the animals.