This Memorial Day weekend passed without dreadful news such as the death of a black bear killed by a car on I-90, as occurred last year at this time. (The driver sped from the scene, unharmed.) The photo from that sad event lives online if you insist, but I am not posting it here.
Work is underway on both the over and under crossings on I-90 from Lake Kacheless to Hyak that will make the highway safer both for people and for wildlife.
Be sure to check the blasting schedule on the WSDOT website or you could get stopped for hours as crews detonate the rock face where they are working.
And as you drive the I-90 corridor through Snoqualmie Pass this summer, keep an eye out for wildlife. If you see an animal, dead or alive, in your travels through the pass, report it at I-90 Wildlife Watch.
Launched in November, 2010, the wildlife watch is a citizen-based wildlife monitoring project inviting drivers to report wildlife sightings along I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass region. The data is intended to be used by WSDOT in monitoring how wildlife are using the I-90 corridor today, and how that might change once the crossings are in place.
The results from last year’s report are in: nearly 280 animals were reported, 85 percent of them live, including deer, elk, black bears, cougars, coyotes,foxes, wolves, otters, mice, hare, raccoons, skunks, woodrats and one cow, as well as several bird species. Raccoons were the only animals that were more often reported dead than alive. I can’t explain the cow.
As I reported in the Seattle Times, you would never guess the profusion and diversity of wildlife just beyond the whizzing maelstrom of the interstate.