Idaho Transportation Department documents spark questions

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Newly published Idaho Transportation Department documents have sparked questions about the department's plan to install wildlife detection devices along Targhee Pass.

The Post Register reports Idaho Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups have pushed for the transportation department to install wildlife crossings along the mountain pass on the Continental Divide in the Henrys Lake Mountains.

Department officials have not officially stated their plan but they favored the use of animal detection systems and warning signs in their environmental assessment released last month.

The documents posted by Idaho Wildlife Federation last week include a survey of other animal detection systems throughout the U.S. and Canada that showed mixed success for the devices as well as a report from Idaho Department of Fish and Game that pushed for animal overpasses and fencing instead of the detection system.

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Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com

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