As you're travelling around the state in this winter season, don't forget to pay attention to wildlife on Idaho's highways and roads.
There has apparently been a noticeable increase in elk collisions in Blaine County. Read more here: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2007149863#.UrSPbRxDt8E
Here's some advice we pulled from our files if you're travelling. Take a minute to review it.
Motorists: Slow Down and Watch For Wintering Wildlife
With deer and elk wintering along many of Idaho’s roads, Idaho Fish and Game encourages motorists to slow down and be on the lookout, especially during the dawn and dusk hours when wildlife is most active.
Motorists should also:
- Always wear your seat belt – it’s the law.
- Don't swerve or lose control of your vehicle. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. You risk less injury by hitting the animal.
- If you see one animal cross the road, look for a second or third to follow.
- If you spot an animal ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
- Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing caution signs. They are there for a good reason.
Big game and barn owls just don't stand a chance against speeding traffic. Legally speeding traffic, of course. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) continues to work with Fish and Game in an effort to minimize the impact to wildlife... and your bumper.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You can help! Report the road kill you see. We're interested in all road kill, any animal whether it's on highways, county roads, or city streets.
It's also legal to salvage road kill in Idaho. If you elect to salvage road kill, or just want to let us and ITD know where you've seen road kill, please fill out the form for salvage, or road kill in general, here: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/roadkill
Drivers, transportation managers, and county help manage wildlife and make the roads safer
A large number of mule deer are hit and killed by motor vehicles each year near my home. Am I allowed to salvage more than one in a year?