Highway 97 south of Bend is a hot spot for wildlife vehicle collisions as it runs through a historical deer migration route. ODOT has worked with ODFW, OHA, RMEF and others to build wildlife crossings that allow wildlife to safely cross over or under this busy highway. Currently there are two undercrossings near Sunriver that have reduced wildlife vehicle collisions by 90 percent since 2012. A third undercrossing is under construction north of Gilchrist and more are planned in central Oregon.
OHA has pledged over $100,000 for the project.
The non-profit Oregon Wildlife Foundation (OWF) is currently selling vouchers for a Watch for Wildlife license plate featuring a mule deer and Cascade Range mountain in the background. Once 3,000 vouchers are sold, the DMV will put the plate into production. OWF will invest the proceeds raised from license plate sales to projects that help wildlife move safely within their habitat range.
Visit OWF’s website for more information: https://www.myowf.org/