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Transportation and Infrastructure

Keeping people, wildlife safe on the Coquihalla

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Keeping people, wildlife safe on the Coquihalla

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-8241
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Media Contacts
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-8241

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B.C. wildlife-exclusion system

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s wildlife-exclusion system focuses on reducing wildlife-related vehicle accidents where they are needed the most for the safety of road users and the protection of wildlife.

This system includes:

  • over 500 kilometers of wildlife-exclusion fencing in British Columbia, more than any other transportation agency in North America (not including the more than 900 kilometres of fencing under the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program);
  • over 100 overpasses and underpasses for wildlife to cross safely without interacting with roadways;
  • approximately 1,200 species-specific wildlife warning signs, the most comprehensive inventory of wildlife warning signs in the world;
  • two wildlife detection systems on Highway 3 near Elko and Sparwood that use radar and thermal imaging to trigger flashing roadside signs that alert drivers when animals are close to the road;
  • two bridges with ungulate guards to deter animals with hooves at Exit 256 Kingsvale (Coldwater Road) on the Coquihalla Highway; and
  • new pilot projects to deter animals from congregating on roads, such as providing salt-lick stations to steer mountain goats away from Highway 31 and using dog hair to deter big horn sheep from roadsides in the Kootenays.

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