LANDER, Wyo. — Wyoming transportation officials are studying whether highway reflectors are working to prevent collisions between vehicles and deer.
The devices create a moving pattern across the road when they reflect vehicles' headlights and are meant to discourage deer from approaching until vehicles have passed.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools are evaluating effects of wildlife warning reflectors this winter around Thermopolis. The study will move to Big Horn and Fremont counties next year.
Part of the study involves covering the reflectors to study how deer behave with and without the reflectors working.
Principal investigator Morgan Graham says the study will help determine factors influencing collisions between wildlife and vehicles; the reflectors' effects on collision rates; and effects on deer behavior.