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KENAI: Road/Wildlife ImpactStudy Published
10 Region, January 15, 2008
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The cooperative study on wildlife mitigation and human safety for Sterling Highway (Mile 58 - 79), Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, was recently published in the "Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Little Rock Arkansas (pages 500- 504).  The conference theme was "bridging gaps naturally" and the Kenai presentation reported on the background and progress of studies directed at reducing wildlife/vehicle collisions on a portion of the Sterling Highway scheduled for improvements which will increase traffic speed.  By using radio telemetry studies of collared moose and caribou, researchers have been able to map high density crossing areas that deserve special attention in completing highway upgrades to mitigate potential impacts to both wildlife and highway travelers.  Refuge Biologist Rick Ernst is the primary author of the study and publication.  Contributors include staff from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Transportation, the Federal Highways Administration, Alaska Moose Federation, and the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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