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Animal fencing necessary on more New Brunswick routes

PETERSVILLE HILL, N.B. -- Motorists and truckers travelling on Route 7 between Saint John and Fredericton have alwa...


PETERSVILLE HILL, N.B. — Motorists and truckers travelling on Route 7 between Saint John and Fredericton have always had a problem with moose on the road, but that may soon change.

Fencing has helped cut down the number of accidents in some areas and it may soon appear here, too. According to highway patrol personnel, the fencing system appears to be working along the new Trans-Canada Highway, and many, like Department of Transportation spokesperson Tracey Burkhardt, say they would like to see fencing in the Petersville Hill area.

Burkhardt says biologists have concerns about habitat splitting when you put up a fence. The portions of the road where there are fences generally get newly constructed animal underpasses to eliminate this problem.

Provincial statistics reveal there have been a total of 1,482 accidents involving vehicles and moose over the last five years on New Brunswick highways. The summer months, because of the flies and the intense heat, tend to be the worst months for such mishaps.


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