Transportation, Fish and Game Departments Team Up to Consider Elk-Versus-Auto Accidents


In December, Citydesk first told you about a grassroots effort from 90 third-graders at Hailey Elementary School to save elk, which are regular victims of motor vehicle accidents—as many as three a week during the fall and early winter—along Idaho Highway 75.

"It's a serious problem," said teacher Wanda Baxter. "It's traumatic for any age, let alone 8- or 9-year-olds."

Baxter and her fellow third-grade teachers at Hailey Elementary—Tracey Munk, Iliana Sandoval, Patty Scherer and Lisa Thilmont—said their students started brainstorming ideas to save the elk soon after they began their unique school project.

"It's called Harrowing Highways," said Scherer. "And the students agreed that they wanted to make our community more aware of the issue."

The students, through a series of bake sales, raised an impressive $500 to print and produce specially designed bumper stickers.

"And the kids agreed on the design, which reads, 'Keep Them Alive on 75,'" said Scherer. "It also reads, 'Be Aware, Drive With Care.'"

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Idaho Transportation Department is teaming with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Blaine County officials to consider new mitigation efforts to curbe the vehicle-versus-wildlife accidents.

“It’s not going to go away—in fact, it seems to be getting a little worse,” said Fish and Game biologist Mike McDonald.