An ad-hoc group of concerned citizens and government agencies, calling themselves the Boise River Wildlife Linkage Partners (BRWLP), are working to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions by raising awareness.
- Idaho Fish and Game has partnered with the Idaho State Police to educate motorists about driving slower, especially from dusk to dawn when animals are on the move.
- A tally sign erected in 2010 shows drivers an annual count of deer and elk killed on a deadly 11-mile stretch of Hwy 21.
- Night-time speed limits have been lowered on dangerous sections of Warm Springs Blvd.
- The Farm Bureau Insurance Company and Idaho Fish and Game created a TV public service announcement to encourage people to slow down when driving Hwy 21. View these here .
The only long-term answer to reduce collisions is to separate vehicles from wildlife.
In 2009 the Idaho Department of Transportation submitted a proposal to use stimulus money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to build a wildlife underpass on Hwy 21. Idaho received $550,000 for the underpass and an additional $200,000 to build half of the project’s wildlife fence. Members of the BRWLP are working to raise an additional $250,000 to finish the fence. View a map of the fence line plan.
Construction begins in July 2010 and the bridge-underpass will be completed by September.