Grand Teton Park Reconsidering Speed Limits

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton National Park has been reviewing speed limits on roads within the park to prevent cars from killing animals.

This year, 57 deer, elk, bison, antelope and other large animals have been killed by vehicles.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says that after 145 large animals were killed in 2005, the park warned drivers to slow down, and speed limits were lowered in some areas. Now numbers are rising again. Skaggs says rising park visitation could be a factor in the increase in animal deaths.

In 2008, there were 49 animals killed as of Aug. 1.

Speed limits on parts of the highway that lead to the park already have been lowered from 55 mph to as low as 35 mph in spots that wildlife frequent.

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