“A dear and a porcupine tried to cross a busy highway” may sound like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually quite a serious matter. Interstate 80 is one of America’s busiest highways, and crossing the monstrous 6-lane highway used to be an impossible task for so many wild animals, but happily, it’s not anymore! The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently built its first wildlife overpass over the busy highway, and the wild animals are already using it in large numbers.
The overpass which was officially opened back in December of 2018, is covered with boulders, bushes, and trees to blend in with its surroundings.
As good of a job as they have done, the experts did not expect wild animals to be using the wildlife overpass so quickly, as it usually takes them a few years to adjust to changes.
The overpass turned out to be a huge hit with local wildlife, who were clearly just waiting for a bridge and couldn’t wait to try it out. Animals were already using the wildlife overpass the first night after it opened.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently released a hidden camera video showing the huge variety of wild animals that use the overpass. They captured squirrels, bobcats, raccoons, moose, porcupines, bears, and more!
They posted the video on their Facebook page and wrote: “It’s working! As you can see, the 2nd year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well.”
Following the huge success of the overpass, The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources decided to build six more wildlife overpasses in 2020!
Don’t miss all the wild critters that were caught crossing the bridge:
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