Winter Holiday with the Animals

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On Thursday, November 29, the Wildlife Protection Society will present: “Winter Holiday with the Animals.” Kathy Donnell, Park Naturalist from Wasatch State Park, will present a brief program about how wildlife adapts to winter conditions, followed by a short hike to the Pinebrook/Gorgoza ponds area for a wildlife tracking activity.  The class is free and open to the public.  The group will meet at Park City Bread & Bagel in Quarry Village at the Jeremy Ranch exit at 6:15 p.m.     If the weather cooperates and there’s adequate snow—please bring your snowshoes!  Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and wear boots for the outdoor portion of the program.  (No dogs, please.) After the hike, attendees should plan to return to Park City Bread & Bagel for some hot chocolate and refreshments.  For more information, contact Pam Carlquist at (435)513-0597.

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Update on Wildlife Crossings Projects:

US 189 Underpass 11/2010 Update

WPS revisited the US 189 widening and improvement area just East of the Bridge and Dam on Deer Creek Reservoir about Mile Marker 20. The roadways to a ranch and the entrance to the State Park facilities both have v-fences connecting to the wildlife underpass. There are double deep cattle guards for the access and exit roads from US 189 tied into the fencing. Paul West said that he participated in the project and engineering for the fencing, the cattle (wildlife) grate provisions, and the huge culvert style wildlife underpass. On our last visit, there were tracks showing the deer were using the underpass.

US 6 Beaver Creek Wildlife Crossing Update

Hello All,
I wanted to let you know of the success of the US 6 Beaver Creek wildlife crossing. It is a high and wide bridge with a stream running through it.
I’ve just reveiwed the first 322 days of data since the completion of construction. As you can see from the titles of the pictures, we have more than mule deer using the crossing or at least approaching it. The one failure is that elk were recorded trying to cross the road at this site pre-construction and no elk have appeared in this first 11 months of post-construction monitoring.
The good news about mule deer is that in the first 322 days of post-construction monitoring there were 453 deer passes through the structure (underneath road). There were 521 deer approaches to the site, with 7 of these being parallel movements, and 61 animal repels for a 11.7% repel rate. Not bad, and it should go down. A long term working crossing has about a 5% repel rate. If you divide the number of deer passes by days of monitoring, the average is 1.42 deer per day. This is a good number, with about a “B” rating in this study. If you take into account that there are rarely deer here in the winter, it is high elevation with deep snows, then the majority of these passes are in the spring and summer. From April 29 through October 7 there were 414 deer passes for an average of 2.56 per day, a very good rating. The males are also using this crossing. There were 52 bucks at this site, 9 were repelled for a 17% repel rate. Buck through represented 9.5% of the deer passes.
Congratulations to those of you who helped make this crossing happen. It is working well, immediately. I will keep you posted as we gather more data. I will be presenting more results on Thursday, November 18 at 8:30 am at the UDOT Engineers’ Conference in Sandy at the South Town Exposition Center.
Patricia Cramer, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University