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Why I-90 wildlife bridges?

Jun 01, 2012

June 1 – This Memorial week was full of reminders of why building Washington’s first wildlife overpass on I-90 is elemental as a safer mode of transportation for animals and people alike.

Why I-90 wildlife bridges?

Tragically, this black bear was killed in a vehicle collision near Hyak on I-90. Photo: Washington State Patrol

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, a 250-pound black bear attempting to cross the highway near Hyak did not make it all the way across after successfully navigating half the lanes. The vehicle responsible drove away immediately, leaving the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to take away the dead bear’s body.

Over that weekend I-90 Wildlife Watch also received reports of three live deer and two dead raccoons.

Five days later, around the same area, a Kent man was taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital after his car hit a deer. He was traveling on I-90 near Cle Elum, just east of where the proposed wildlife overpass is to be built.

Design for the wildlife overpass at Rock Knob – when built, the first ever for Washington - recently won funding in the most recent legislative session, but the project needs continued support to come to fruition. Conservation Northwest is a part of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, working to build this bridge and more, with the ultimate goal of securing connectivity for wildlife.

Find out more about the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project

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