The locations of the structures were informed by data collected by WCS, National Park Service, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department that identified the pronghorn's preferred migration routes and highway crossing points. Using this information, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) was able to locate and build two overpass and six underpass crossing structures as part of an effort to protect motorists and provide safe passage for migrating pronghorn and other wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
"How and where we choose to live and develop lands affects wildlife, and we are responsible for minimizing adverse impacts wherever possible," said David Perkins, Vice Chairman for the Orvis Company. "The Path of the Pronghorn is an excellent example of where we can make a real difference. Seeing migrating pronghorn make immediate use of a newly constructed highway overpass confirms the wildlife return on investment and the value in supporting such efforts. I cannot think of a better place for Orvis and you to invest your money."
WCS North America Program Director Jodi Hilty said, "We are very grateful to Orvis for their support and pleased to work with donors and partners who understand the significance of this migration and the importance of preserving it in perpetuity."
Pronghorn are North America's fastest land animals. They numbered an estimated 35 million in the early 19th century. Today, about 700,000 remain and more than half of those live in Wyoming. The animals migrate to find food, mating opportunities, suitable habitat, and other resources they need to survive.
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