Are Animals Really Using Those Things? Wildlife Crossing Structure Use Under US 93 on the Flathead Indian Reservation

Focus Area

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Subcommittee

Natural Resources

Status

Archived

Cost

$100,000-$249,000

Timeframe

Under 1 year

Research Idea Scope

There are newly construced wildlife crossing structures on US 93 through the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Digital remote sensing cameras would be purchased and installed in these crossing structures to monitor movement and use of this highway mitigation project.  Staff would be needed to install and maintian the cameras, as well as collect the data, interpret what is seen and synthesize the findings. 

Urgency and Payoff

A post construction monitoring project is needed to observe what species of animals are using these structures, both for a justification for installation stand point and a maintaining connectivity standpoint.  Remote sensoring cameras are needed, as well as staff to run the cameras and interprete the data.

Suggested By

Whisper Camel, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Management Program

Submitted

03/26/2009