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Grand Teton Cuts Speed But Sees More Roadkill

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The number of animals struck by vehicles in Grand Teton National Park rose last year despite a speed limit reduction on the park’s main road.

Grand Teton had 110 reported animal strikes on park roads last year, up from 102 in 2011.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says it’s the first year the park amassed roadkill data since dropping the nighttime speed limit on Highway 26/89/191.

Skaggs tells the Associated Press that park officials were hoping to see a reduction because of the lower nighttime speed limit.

She says animals are in most cases being hit at night in the park.

Grand Teton biologist Steve Cain says it’s too early to call the speed limit reduction ineffective.

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