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New Study Looks At Impact Of Pandemic’s Decreased Traffic On Idaho Roadkill

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A car stops to let a moose cross the road in Anchorage, Alaska in 2013.

 

When stay-at-home-orders went into effect in states across the U.S. to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, ecologists realized they had a perfect research opportunity to study the connection between traffic patterns and animals killed in collisions. Fraser Shilling, with the Road Ecology Lab at UC Davis, was one of those scientists. 

A several month period to observe nature with less human interaction? Ideal. 

 

Now, the results from his lab’s research, which studied roadkill patterns as traffic declined, are out. Shilling joins Idaho Matters live to talk about what the lab learned. 

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.