Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation's Blog

August 2011

VEHICLE-WILDLIFE COLLISION AWARENESS FLIER

VEHICLE-WILDLIFE COLLISION AWARENESS FLIER

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation Board of Director President, Bob Kopp, announced that Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation in collaboration with Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation has published a Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Awareness Flier to alert drivers to the potential hazards of driving in wildlife country.

40,000 copies of the flier have been printed – 20,000 to be distributed with rental cars at the Jackson Hole Airport and the rest to be distributed at various Jackson Area locations.

Each year, more than 300 elk, deer and moose are killed by vehicles on Teton County and Grand Teton National Park roads.  Vehicle collisions also kill foxes, coyotes, bears, and birds.  Increases in traffic volume mean wildlife are faced with increasingly daunting challenges as they traverse the valley and park landscape, cross roadways or simply try to meet their daily needs for food, water, and space. 

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation sponsors two important projects to address wildlife mortality. JHWF prints and distributes the Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Awareness Flier. Through radio and print media, JHWF with our partners Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, alert the travelling public to the realities of the alarming number of vehicle-wildlife collisions. JHWF suggests simple changes in behavior:  slow down; pay attention to the sides of the road; don’t phone or text when driving.  These are smart and safe ways to drive and these behaviors result in dramatically less wildlife killed on our roads!

Anyone can report wildlife mortality sightings by phone or email:  Roadkill Hotline: 734-9454 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Callers are encouraged to include:  the animal species with specifics if possible (age, gender); an accurate location (UTM coordinates are an added benefit); and the date and time of the encounter.  The wildlife mortality database is an effective tool in mitigating our negative impact on local wildlife.