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County installs a reflective moose silhouette in Alta as a reminder to "Give Wildlife A Break."
Motorists traveling on Ski Hill Road in Alta may notice new wildlife artwork on the side the road. Teton County Public Works installed a moose silhouette off the road toward Grand Targhee Resort in an effort to remind motorists to slow down and be alert for wildlife on and near the roadway. Chris Colligan, Public Works Project Manager says wildlife are more likely to move to lower elevation areas during and after significant snowfall, increasing their likelihood of being on or around roadways.
“The forecast indicates that Teton County could experience several periods of significant snow accumulation,” said Colligan. “It’s important to be vigilant of wildlife on the move during that time.”
Colligan says December, January, and February are statistically the worst months in Teton County for wildlife-vehicle collisions.
Safe and easy driving tips for avoiding dangerous and costly collisions include:
* Drive the speed limit, especially at night, dawn, and dusk
* Wildlife are more likely to be found near rivers and creeks
* Scan the edges of the road for wildlife
* When an animal crosses the road, expect others follow
* If an impact is inevitable, do not swerve. Try to release your brakes just at the moment of impact
* Watch for other motorists’ behavior