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Bears Using Wildlife Crossings

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The Western Transportation Institute at MSU said wildlife crossings in Canada are working to help maintain healthy populations of bears along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Scientists with the WTI said Transport Canada put in wildlife crossings along the Trans-Canada Highway in the Banff National Park to reduce the number of bears hit by cars.

But officials didn't know, until now after setting up cameras, if the bears were using the under and over passes to get across the highway.

Researchers say it is important for the bears to be able to cross the highway.

"We were looking at whether or not they were able to access both sides of the highway to be able to have access to food and mates," said Michael Sawaya, WTI scientist.

Wildlife crossings similar to these are already in the United States, including right here in Montana.

Montana's wildlife crossings are located on Highway 93 between Missoula and Flathead Lake.

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