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This overpass for wildlife in Banff National Park

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Do these things actually work? They've spent the past 2 years putting one in over I-90 near Snoqualmie pass here in Washington

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Original Poster7 points · 24 days ago

Just visiting but according to the interpretive signs they're highly effective. There are 6 overpasses throughout the park like this one and 44 underground tunnels. Different species have even developed preferences, overpass or tunnel. Moose prefer under and grizzlies prefer over.

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They do.

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but don't animals roam wherever they want? why would they happen to cross the road at this particular spot and not somewhere else on the miles of highway where there isn't an overpass?

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Original Poster8 points · 24 days ago

Because fences.

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the entire highway through the park is fenced off?

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Original Poster5 points · 24 days ago

For the majority of what I have seen, yes. We've driven at least 60 or so kilometers in from the gate and it has all been fenced.

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Ive driven it all the way to Vancouver a few times. I believe it’s fenced right from Canmore to Field, and then. Bunch more from Field to Golden.

They do work. But the Rams love getting through and I always see them on the highway just outside Golden.

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Yes. In addition to this, over time, animals learn about the crossings like any other landmark and pass the know;edge to their offspring. Predators use them as choke points to increase their success when hunting. There are also crossings under the roadway nearby, and in other places along the road.

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They do work. Fences and roads create a lot of habitat fragmentation. There are people who have devoted their entire careers to finding solutions to those two environmental problems.

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That’s an underpass for cars

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Original Poster3 points · 24 days ago

Touché

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Some also call them tunnels

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Built for animals to cross over though.

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Ahh you were being sarcastic usually you’d put /s so ppl know. Wake n bake gets me again I guess.

level 5

No sarcasm. it’s literally an underpass for cars. It’s also an overpass for wildlife.

It was also a joke, but whatever you killed it.

level 6

As I do. Sorry to ruin your day.

level 7

Fortunately only the joke got killed.

The wildlife used the overpass :)

level 8

The elk are safe

level 1

Be careful for anyone driving under these during the winter, they get icy as fuck for some reason.

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In a National Park, seems like a good idea. I encourage you to do it, maybe you’ll get what’s coming... lol

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Original Poster2 points · 23 days ago · edited 23 days ago

Literally took this photo on my phone today. It's a popular park, no surprise if it's been posted before. The bridge is like 20+ years old.

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