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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Innovation leads to North Dakota wildlife crossings success

Studies of North Dakota wildlife crossings have shown that moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, and the occasional turkey have successfully navigated the underground passages hundreds of times – out of harm’s way of passing traffic. Above, bighorn sheep take the safe route. (Photo courtesy of NDG&F)

Even as a lifelong North Dakota hunter, angler, former game warden, and veteran (old) biologist, there are plenty of times when my colleagues and the state Game and Fish Department make me smile and think, wow, now that’s cool.
Take, for instance, a few years ago when North Dakota’s first big-game crossings were perceived, designed, and created. In the badlands of western North Dakota, given the combination of high-volume traffic, rugged terrain, and even bigger big game such as moose and limited populations of bighorn sheep, the wildlife crossings essentially went from the equivalent of a warning sign to a bypass.

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