Wildlife overpasses planned at Snoqualmie Pass
Friday, March 23, 2012
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Transportation Department plans to build 24 wildlife crossings over and under Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass as part of highway improvements in coming years between Easton and Hyak.
To learn where to place the crossings, agencies are asking drivers to report animal sightings -- dead or alive.
The Western Transportation Institute says the first year of monitoring shows that 475 animals were reported, including 52 that were road kill.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports deer and elk were the most-frequently seen animals at Snoqualmie Pass. Bears, bobcats, cougars and other animals also were reported.
Drivers can report wildlife sightings on a website, www.i90wildlifewatch.org
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com