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Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches

People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website, according to a news release.

Interstate 90 wildlife website relaunches

A deer grazes while using an Interstate 90 wildlife crossing built by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Photo: WSDOT

People who spot wildlife on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass are encouraged to report sightings on a newly relaunched website, according to a news release.

The program asks motorists to report any wildlife they see in the Snoqualmie Pass area at https://i90wildlifewatch.org.

About 28,000 motorists drive over Snoqualmie Pass each day. Data will give agencies and conservation groups information about the movement of wildlife within the I-90 corridor.

Jen Watkins, lead project coordinator for I-90 Wildlife Watch with Conservation Northwest, said in the release that the groups are interested in how animals are responding to new animal crossings under and over the interstate.

WSDOT’s I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project includes 24 wildlife crossing structures between Hyak and Easton.

“These structures range in size from enlarged culverts passing under the interstate to 150-foot vegetated bridges over the roadway,” the news release from Conservation Northwest said.

Two undercrossings near Hyak have been completed. The Lake Keechelus wildlife overcrossing passes over the roadway near Price Creek and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The website is a collaboration between Conservation Northwest, Central Washington University, Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. I-90 Wildlife Watch was originally launched in November 2010.

“Continued information reported by motorists through the website will complement the ongoing research to help agencies better understand which species are interacting with the highway today and into the future,” the news release said. “I-90 Wildlife Watch asks motorists to pay careful attention as they travel I-90 between North Bend and Easton and to report observations of live or dead wildlife.”

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