Save People Save Wildlife

         

With the Summit County Council only a few weeks away from approving their 2020 budget, the group Save People Save Wildlife is asking them to fund increased animal fencing along the highways in the Snyderville Basin.

           While the group is  asking for a significant chunk of change, they say it is worth it for the safety benefits—or to avoid the costs of not doing something to mitigate vehicle-wildlife collisions.   

UDOT recently decided to reduce the speed limit along a stretch of Highway 224.    And members of the group Save People Save Wildlife say that’s good news for the safety of both motorists and wildlife crossingthe highway.

But they want to see additional measures taken for wildlife mitigation.

UDOT recently announced they were reducing the speed  from 55 MPH to 45, on a two-mile stretch of 224, including the entryway by the McPolin Farm into Park City.

On today’s program, South Summit School District Superintendent Shad Sorenson talks about the vaping issues in his district and the start of the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Park City Councilmember Tim Henney has a recap of Tuesday's council meeting and Save People Save Wildlife members Lorelei Coombs and Erin Ferguson talk about how they think reduced speeds on SR 224 will be safer for wildlife and people as well news about their recent payment to UDOT to install more wildlife fencing.

Renai Bodley Miller / KPCW

The speed limit along a two mile stretch of Sr 224 has dropped from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. The new sign went in Tuesday. KPCW has reached out to multiple agencies to find some details about the change and what it means for enforcement efforts.

Wildlife Bridge Exceptional Success

Jun 24, 2019
Carolyn Murray

Video of a variety of animals using the wildlife bridge on I-80 at Parley’s Summit is getting lots of attention on social media. Most officials from UDOT and the DWR thought it would take several years for wildlife to adapt to using the bridge to migrate through that portion of the Wasatch Mountains. The organization Save people, Save Wildlife petitioned UDOT to build the bridge due to the frequent auto wildlife collisions occurring on that section of I-80.

Wildlife Bridge Already In Use

Jan 4, 2019
Carolyn Murray KPCW

The Interstate-80 Wildlife Bridge opened last month traversing the north and south sides of the freeway near the top of Parley’s Canyon. The organization pushing the project and convincing UDOT to fund a safe migratory option for animals is called Save People-Save Wildlife. Their work isn’t done. Carolyn Murray has this report:

Wildlife Bridge Open But Not To People And Pets

Dec 14, 2018
John Gleason -UDOT

UDOT officials and representatives from the DWR, Division of Wildlife Resources, gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the official opening of the first Wildlife Bridge in the state. The irony of the event is that it’s really a closing because the message was clear from all those at the event. Now that it’s open, people and pets need to stay away.  Carolyn Murray was there and has this report:

Photo by Steven Coffey

  The Summit County Council is being asked to consider an ordinance that could set a protocol for vehicle-wildlife collisions and would reduce the suffering of stricken animals.

During their public comment time, the council heard from Summer Combs, a Hidden Cove resident, a 16-year-old student at Park City High, and an intern with the group Save People, Save Wildlife.

She asked the council to approve a Wildlife Collision Ordinance, which would call on drivers who have struck large wildlife to immediately report it to authorities.

UDOT

Road construction projects on I-80 are on schedule and by the time winter arrives, UDOT says all of it will be finished. Carolyn Murray has this:

UDOT spokesperson, John Gleason says the wildlife bridge spanning I-80 at the top of Parley’s Canyon is going to be good for people and animals. Large game is frequently hit on the highway between Lambs Canyon and Kimball Junction. UDOT says car/animal collisions in the past few years have killed 122 mule deer, 13 moose, four elk, three mountain lions and a black bear. 

UDOT Begins Wildlife Fence on I-80

Aug 18, 2017
UDOT workers installing new wildlife fencing on I-80

  

Black Bear Killed on I-80

Jul 9, 2017

  A black bear was hit Thursday night at 11pm on I 80 west bound near mile post 138 between Parleys Summit and Lambs Canyon. The accident involved multiple cars and one man was taken to the hospital with facial cuts and a possible dislocated shoulder.  Carolyn Murray spoke with the Utah Highway Patrol Trooper responding to the accident.

UDOT

The Save People, Save Wildlife group worked with the Utah Department of Transportation in the past couple of years to put up wildlife fencing to make the I-80 freeway near Jeremy Ranch a safer place for motorists and animals.  Construction of a new climbing lane is causing concerns for the neighborhoods nearby.  Carolyn Murray has these updates.

Noise Wall Goes to Vote

Jun 14, 2017

The Utah Department of Transportation, known as UDOT hosted a Noise Study Information Meeting on Tuesday evening.  About a hundred people showed up bringing with them a variety of opinions.  Carolyn Murray has more:

Utah Department of Transportation

A fence brought two groups together Friday morning.   Wildlife advocates and UDOT workers celebrated what they say is the first step towards solving a life-threatening problem.   KPCW’s Renai Bodley has more.

savepeoplesavewildlife.org

Wildlife advocates say they have two weeks to raise $50,000 to save wildlife and drivers on I-80.  KPCW’s Renai Bodley has more.

For the Save People Save Wildlife website, click here

For the Razoo fundraising site for the fence, click here.

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