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Caught in the meadow: Dawn filters through the mist, revealing the netted enclosure in which a trapped elk waited out the night before Game and Fish biologists moved in to put a radio collar on her as part of an attempt to reduce elk-car collisions on Highway 260. The elk in the netted enclosure ventured into the trap the night before and will soon be outfitted with a radio collar as part of an effort to pinpoint the places on the highway where most elk cross. The study resulted in wildlife-friendly crossings that have dramatically reduced collisions.

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Elk wranglers save lives

Radio collaring wandering elk helps game managers design highway wildlife crossings to reduce crashes by more than 80 percent

Jeffrey Gagnon sat in the pre-dawn chill at the base of the Mogollon Rim in a cramped travel trailer and watched as the elk on the closed circuit camera balanced hunger against caution.

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