The Paunsaugunt mule deer herd is one of the most treasured mule deer herds in the western U.S. They spend their summers in Southern Utah, and migrate across US 89 to the borderlands of Utah and Arizona. In 2013 UDOT and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) worked together with multiple partners to create 12.5 miles of wildlife exclusion fencing and three new wildlife crossing culverts on US 89 East of Kanab Utah in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Wildlife need to cross roads safely to find food, water, breed and disperse to new areas. With changing habitats due to a changing climate, successful wildlife movement is even more important to species survival and adaptations to the changes.
State Route 50 is a major east-west transportation corridor across the Sierra Nevada. This project examines successful animal movement through structures under SR50 that were intentionally built for wildlife, or that were built for some other reason (e.g., a river crossing).