November 2016 - June 2021
- State Legislative Match
- Wyoming Department of Transportation
- Wyoming Game & Fish Department
- Wyoming Wildlife Foundation
- Knobloch Family Foundation
- RMEF (Commissioner's Tag)
Movement barriers challenge the ability of species to make long-distance movements such as migrations. Along southern Wyoming, pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) migrations are severed by Interstate-80 (I-80), a nearly impermeable barrier to movement. The ecological consequences of this movement barrier has garnered interest in wildlife crossing structures to ameliorate this barrier effect to pronghorn and other wildlife. Our research utilizes a novel application of connectivity models to identify potential movement corridors across the I-80 barrier. This study is a collaborative effort with Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Analytical techniques will be used to model pronghorn movements across I-80 and to identify the locations that best facilitate movement, which we predict will be the optimal locations for a wildlife crossing structure. Our methods will have applied value both to managers in southern Wyoming, and in other systems where there is interest in how to restore movement across nearly impermeable barriers similar to I-80.