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Elk, moose migration routes to be studied

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to capture elk and moose in eastern Idaho starting in December as part of a three-year study to determine migration corridors with the ultimate goal of reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions.

The agency is teaming with the Wildlife Conservation Society on the collaborative study in Idaho’s Island Park area to improve safety on U.S. Highway 20 and state Highway 87. The society announced the plan late last week.

The captured animals will be fitted with collars with global positioning systems, transmitting information officials say will be used to determine migration routes.

That information will then be given to the Idaho Transportation Department. Possible solutions include putting in signs to warn motorists to building wildlife overpasses.

Officials said that from 2005 and 2009 on Highway 20 between Ashton and Island Park, there were 169 recorded collisions that resulted in dead moose, elk and deer, plus damage to vehicles and human injuries.

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