NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS MAGAZINE
Proving their worth
By Ron Wilson
Nearly two years of monitoring wildlife crossings in western North Dakota revealed that a number of animals — from moose to mule deer to bighorn sheep to white-tailed deer and the occasional turkey — successfully navigated the underground passages hundreds of times out of harm’s way of passing traffic on U.S. Highway 85.
Some findings from the Long X crossing:
This crossing experienced 386 and 989 mule deer approaching the crossing in 2021 and 2022 with a successful crossing rate of 91% and 93%, respectively. The crossing was only monitored for 143 days in 2021, resulting in fewer animals approaching compared to 2022, but had similar animals crossing per day of monitoring.