Wildlife & Driving

Facts & Statistics

Did you know that last year in Teton County over 500 animals were killed in Wildlife Vehicle Collisions (WVC)?

  • Roughly 50% of these WVCs occur in the winter months (December - March)
  • Most of these WVCs occur at night
  • Reported roadkill numbers are likely much less than actual mortality numbers
  • One estimate of the costs associated with WVCs last year in Teton County exceeded $3M (this estimate does not include WVCs occurring in Grand Teton National Park)

These statistics are based upon a study conducted by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Read through the 2017 Study Report (PDF) to learn more.

Police Rescue A Woman

Watch a video of Police Officer aids a woman after she hit a deer. Be aware that there is footage of a deer after it was struck by a car at the beginning of this video.

Some viewers were concerned the deer was not put down soon enough. Corporal Schultz was about to put the deer down after re-positioning his car for safety when he saw the human emergency in progress. The deer was put down as soon as possible after the woman was taken care of.

On January 17, 2014 Jackson Police Corporal Roger Schultz was on West Broadway when he came upon a collision in which a vehicle had just struck two deer.

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Corporal Schultz stopped to remove the deer from the roadway. As he was working to clear the road, he noticed a vehicle a short distance to the east, slowly drifting across the five lanes of traffic, into the on-coming lanes.

More alarmingly, he noticed a subject hanging from the driver’s door of the vehicle, being dragged by the vehicle in such a manner that if she were to lose her grip she could easily be run over.

Corporal Schultz rushed to the woman’s aid and was able to stop the vehicle prior to the woman being harmed. Corporal Schultz later learned that the woman was the driver of the vehicle that had struck the deer.

When she stopped after the collision, she forgot to place the vehicle in park. As she got out and the vehicle began to move, she was unable to get back inside, lost her balance, and was subsequently being dragged by the vehicle.

Corporal Schultz’s quick actions may well have saved the woman’s life that night.

Wildlife Advisory Signs Measures

The Wyoming Department of Transportation as part of a collaborative effort with JHWF erected new wildlife advisory signs on South Highway 89 and two more on WY 22. Signs measures were enacted even as discussions continue about long-term solutions to address wildlife mortalities and driver safety concerns on every highway in the valley. Read more in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation Press release (PDF).