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406 Forum: Bighorn Sheep fatalities on Highway 64

Carie Birkmeier

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Since April 30, at least two bighorn sheep have been killed on the long sweeping corner on Highway 64, less than a mile west of the intersection with Highway 191.

What are some potential solutions to keep local wildlife safe from traffic?

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Michelle Burger, Big Sky

“I know we have some flashing lights way down in the canyon. Some more flashing lights [and rumble strips] might be a better idea … I [also] really think the speed limit should be lower in that section. I’ve almost gotten hit many times.”

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Mikala Kearney, Big Sky

“The bighorn sheep area always there … If they had a flashing sign that was like ‘bighorn sheep next mile’ and another sign that said ‘this many bighorn sheep killed this year,’ [that would be more effective].”

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Andy and Hannah Dreisbach, Big Sky

Andy: “[Hannah’s] 10-year-old sister did a proposal to have a bridge built for them or a tunnel underneath so they could cross safely … If there was a pull-off where people could take pictures, you’d have a lot less accidents and sheep being hit.”

Hannah: “The [DOT] said they [already] have a sign that says ‘wildlife crossing.’ I didn’t even notice the sign until like two years ago.”

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