Sublette County to get $9.7M in wildlife crossings

Jackson, Wyo. – The state plans to spend $9.7 million to build a series of underpasses and overpasses for pronghorn antelope, deer and big game in Sublette County.

The work will be done along the "Path of the Pronghorn", the migration path the animals follow from the Gros Ventre mountains to Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the overpasses are similar to ones being built in Banff National Park in Canada.

The project is expected to be finished in September 2012.

Wyoming Department of Transportation engineer John Eddins said a series of six underpasses built between Kemmerer to Cokeville have helped reduce wildlife accidents. He said there were years when 300 to 400 deer were hit by vehicles but now that's down to about 20.