More wildlife fencing going in along Coquihalla Highway

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KAMLOOPS - Wildlife exclusion fencing being built along the Coquihalla Highway is aimed at protecting motorists from collisions with wildlife.

The province is adding about ten kilometres of the fencing south of Merritt, according to a Ministry of Transportation media release.

Claire Trevena with the mininstry says the purpose of this fencing will help prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions because animals on the highway can catch motorists off guard.

"Increasing the length of exclusion fencing along some of our busier routes, such as the Coquihalla, will keep our wildlife populations - and motorists - safe," she says in the release.

Animals are injured or killed every year on B.C.'s highways and fencing is a safety tool that prevents these accidents from happening. The release states the exclusion fencing works by connecting into existing underpasses, allowing for the safe movement of animal populations under the highway.

The ten kilometres of fencing south of Merritt will be built from the Kane Valley Overpass to Rusty Pitt and adds to the 160 kilometres that already exists on the Coquihalla.

The work is scheduled to being in the fall and the contract to install the fencing is currently posted on B.C. Bid.

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