Tuesday, November 20, 2007

AZGFD biologist wins bighorn highway overpasses

Desert bighorn in the Black Mountains of Mohave County

KINGMAN AZ -- Highway projects are always bad for wildlife, and the massive widening of US 93 to Las Vegas is no exception.

The exception here is that a committed biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Dept., Kevin Morgan, wanted to do something about it.

Morgan pushed for, and won, three important highway overpasses so desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife would be less likely to end up as roadkill or trapped on one side of the highway.

Nice job by AZGFD here, and also to ADoT and FHWA for cooperating.

Now we'll have to see if bighorn and other animals will actually use the overpasses enough to minimize harm to wildlife populations from highway expansion.

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