Glacier National Park tourists asked to log animal crossings

Hikers traverse the Hidden Lake trail in Glacier National Park in Montana on Sept. 4, 2017. Wildlife officials are asking people who are traveling near Glacier National Park to report sightings of animals crossing the road.

MISSOULA, Mont. — Wildlife officials are asking people who are traveling near Glacier National Park to report sightings of animals crossing the road.

Park officials and the U.S. Geological Survey want to know where animals are crossing U.S. Highway 2, the Missoulian reported.

Officials plan to use the data to help find locations for dedicated wildlife crossings and for other efforts to ease animals’ migration between the park and the Flathead National Forest.

Park wildlife biologist John Waller said officials are interested in sightings of rare animals like lynx, bears and wolverines as well as common animals like deer.

Research ecologist Tabitha Graves said officials want to collect as much information as possible, including sightings from several years ago.

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