SWEETWATER COUNTY — State departments, nonprofits and others got together to chat about problems with vehicles and animals crashing into each other. Their efforts may lead to new initiatives funded by the sale of conservation-themed license plates.
Wild animal crashes went up 37 percent in 2016 from 2013. So then came the Wildlife and Roadways Summit on April 26-27. The conference concerning animal deaths and injuries as a result of vehicles was meant to be an incubator for finding ways to fund and implement projects that reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions, increase motorist safety and maintain or re-establish disconnected wildlife migration routes. Event sponsors included the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Game and Fish and the Green River-headquartered Muley Fanatic Foundation.