New fence on I-80 meant to save animals and people

SALT LAKE CITY -- The old Western says, “Don’t Fence Me in,” but moose, elk and deer might be grateful to be fenced in along I-80 in Parley’s Canyon.

UDOT workers just began construction on the first section of wildlife fencing in the canyon. This fall they expect to finish a one-mile stretch of fence near Jeremy Ranch.

Lorelei Combs is part of the group, Save People Save Animals, which raised $50,000 for the fence. She says she was just reminded why it is so important.

“I took my son to school yesterday, and we had, I was going maybe 15 miles per hour, and I had a male moose jump right out in front of me, in front of my car,” Combs said.

Save People Save Animals convinced UDOT to contribute another $50,000 and take on the project.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason says the project is a no-brainer.

“There's a lot of people, there's a lot of traffic, and there's a lot of animals,” Gleason said.