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andy3175:
On October 13, someone placed miniature snowmen on US 16 in Ten Sleep, and they survived the day without getting run over.

https://cowboystatedaily.com/2021/10/14/snowmen-survive-all-day-in-middle-of-wyoming-highway/




--- Quote ---Someone built two miniature snowmen and placed them in the middle of Highway 16 which runs through the community and no one ran over them.

And it’s not like there wasn’t traffic.  There was.

“When I took my pictures, a line of pickups with camp trailers, a semi, and cars went by them very carefully,” said resident Barbara Coutis Lee. “The drivers slowed way down so they wouldn’t hit them.”

Carol Greet, a rancher in the area who originally posted the photos on her ranching-based “Red Dirt In My Soul” page said drivers paid extra caution not to smush to the arctic figurines. ...

The goodwill or the weather didn’t cooperate overnight, however.

She reported that by daybreak, the snowmen had met their demise.
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andy3175:
A group of galloping bison caused this bridge in the Lamar River Valley to sway in Yellowstone. Link to article and video of the stampede on the roadway here:

https://sports.yahoo.com/bison-stampede-yellowstone-rocks-bridge-182415534.html

Max Rockatansky:
Put together something on the Grand Loop Road of Yellowstone National Park.  I did a scan of the AASHTO Database, not even the original US Route definitions had anything on the Grand Loop Road.  It seems it is conclusive at this point that the only US Route segment ever to exist in Yellowstone National Park is US Route 191 in the Gallatin Mountains:

https://www.gribblenation.org/2021/12/grand-loop-road-of-yellowstone-national.html

andy3175:
Proposal for wildlife crossing on US 26-287 near Dubois.

https://oilcity.news/community/animals/2022/02/07/video-wyoming-game-and-fish-complete-strategy-for-dubois-area-highway-where-wildlife-collisions-cost-791k-per-year/


--- Quote --- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has completed a mitigation strategy that aims to reduce vehicle–wildlife collisions on a deadly portion of U.S. Highway 26 near Dubois.

The stretch of U.S. Highway 26 between mileposts 48 and 73 sees an average of 28 vehicle–wildlife crashes per year reported to law enforcement. Game and Fish adds that an average of an additional 131 animal carcasses are removed from that section of the highway each year. ...

Game and Fish released a video on Friday that highlights recommendations included in the mitigation strategy, including recommendations to create a wildlife overpass, underpasses and fencing. ...

Game and Fish said that the mitigation structures it is recommending for the highway “should have a lifespan of at least 75 years and the project should pay for itself within the first 25 years.” (based on an annual cost of around $791k from costs related to frequent wildlife-vehicle collisions).
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Video link here: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0MDJaqUsH4

andy3175:
Harvesting roadkill now legal in certain circumstances in Wyoming:

https://oilcity.news/community/animals/2022/02/07/cowboy-state-roadkill-harvesting-now-legal-people-can-request-permission-via-wyoming-511-app/


--- Quote --- Harvesting roadkill from some Wyoming roadways became legal in January 2022 and people are now able to collect roadkill if they first obtain authorization from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Game and Fish said on Monday that people are able to request permission to pick up roadkill carcasses using the Wyoming 511 mobile app. That app is available on Android and Apple devices, and Game and Fish said that it is the easiest way for people to request permission to harvest roadkill.

The new roadkill harvesting rules allow people to request permission to collect deer, elk, antelope, moose, wild bison or wild turkey killed during unintentional collisions with vehicles.

There are some roadways, including Interstate 25, I-80 and I-90 in Wyoming, where roadkill harvesting is not allowed due to safety concerns. Roadkill harvesting is also prohibited in active construction areas and within national parks in the state.

In order to harvest roadkill, people need permission from Game and Fish and also need to follow rules such as using emergency flashers when stopping alongside roadways to harvest carcasses. The rules prohibit field dressing on the roadway.
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