An op-ed piece in the Idaho Statesman praises the expenditure of $800,000 in federal “stimulus plan” funds to build a wildlife underpass on a state highway.
From the Idaho Statesman:
As the popular political refrain goes, the economic stimulus plan was a waste of $840 billion. Didn’t do anybody or anything much good.
Tell it to the deer that inhabit the Boise Front near Idaho 21.
While the results are tough to quantify, the $800,000 underpass seems to be working as planned, steering migrating animals away from the 2,600 or so motorists who drive Idaho 21 daily. Cameras have captured wildlife using the underpass to detour around the scene of repeated motorist-wildlife collisions.
“It works. We know it works. I’m confident saying there are hundreds of animals that use it,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist Ed Bottum told the Statesman recently.