UTAH, UNITED STATES: A beautiful bridge built especially to help wild animals get across the interstate safely is working like a charm.
Some say it looks like a scene out of ‘The Lion King.’
Utah’s Division of Wildlife posted an incredible video on their Facebook page, showing all kinds of animals, including bears, moose, deer, mountain lions, coyotes, and squirrels, crossing the bridge over the busy highway.
See it: Deer, bears and other wildlife use Utah’s animal-only bridge https://t.co/duB7WcgbSX
Who else agrees that there needs to be more animal bypass highways built?
This is so great to see 😍 pic.twitter.com/hGGr6Ny0SV
— Paoli Vetcare • Main Line Vet & Animal Hospital (@paolivetcare) November 29, 2020
The post read:
“It’s working! Thanks to the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University for monitoring the Parley’s Canyon wildlife overpass this year.
As you can see, the 2nd year of this overpass has been successful at helping wildlife safely migrate over busy Interstate 80 and helping motorists be much safer as well.
Please keep off of this overpass. Thanks!”
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) November 25, 2020
The special bridge meant only for animals was built in 2018 and is situated over I-80 near Salt Lake City.
According to reports, its construction cost $5 million. The goal is to keep wildlife safe from speeding vehicles.
Moose, porcupines, deer, and even bears used the bridge to cross the highway last week! https://t.co/jwnAPHof4G
— Enviro. Media Assoc. (@green4EMA) November 28, 2020
Last year, Scott Root, the central region outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told the Salt Lake Tribune:
“It just makes everybody feel great that it’s getting used,”
You can see the full video by clicking below.
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