Alberta government says new fence along highway will help save wildlife

A new fence along both sides of Highway 3 near Crowsnest Pass and Emerald Lake is part of the Alberta government’s plan to reduce the number of car crashes involving wildlife, the province said Thursday.

The government said it’s been working with environmental groups to improve safety for both animals and drivers. It will consist of about 1,440 metres of fencing at a height of 2.4 metres in four sections about nine metres from the shoulder of Highway 3.

“Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass is one of the most important links for wildlife in the Yellowstone to Yukon region,” Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative program director Stephen Legault said in a statement.

“This fencing project is an exciting first step in ensuring bighorn sheep, grizzly bears and other iconic wildlife can move up and down the Rocky Mountains safely.”
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