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VIDEO: Thermal camera captures cougar lounging on highway

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July 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM

ELKO - If you're planning on driving Highway 3, make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife.

This new video posted on YouTube by the Ministry of Transportation shows a cougar casually making its way onto the road near Elko and sitting there for about three minutes then suggests: "Imagine a vehicle coming by at normal highway speed."

The thermal camera that caught sight of the cat is hooked up to radar sensors, which alert drivers with flashing road signs when there is wildlife blocking the road.

There are two detection systems that cover about nine kilometres of Highway 3 where large populations of animals tend to roam, according to the ministry's post.

There are nine thermal cameras set up in each wildlife detection corridor.

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