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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spray Painting Roadkill Done For A Reason

An article in the Coeur d'Alene Press today (that I couldn't link to because they didn't post it on their website) says you may start noticing an unusual sight on southeast Idaho roads- roadkill marked with bright orange paint.

The new paint marking system is part of an effort by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Idaho Transportation Department to understand the effects of vehicle collisions on Idaho's wildlife, and the effects on public safety.

Information about the road kills will be recorded, such as species, gender, age and location. Efforts focus mostly on big game animals, such as deer and elk, but include other species, such as raptors.

The paint marking system was devised to help reduce the duplication of road-kill reports and information. If Fish and Game, Transportation or other agency personnel are called in to remove a dead animal from a roadway, and the carcass has been marked with orange paint, they know not to record the road-kill information - it has already been done.

Data is essential to accomplish the main objective: reducing collisions between wildlife and drivers. It helps identify wildlife crossing areas, public safety concerns and sites where overpasses, underpasses and adjacent land use management can benefit wildlife and public safety.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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