New app helps officials track road kill

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-20 20:18:45-04

LOGAN, Utah -- Tracking road kill? There’s an app for that!

A team from Utah State University created an app to save time, money and lives.

It all started when a group of students were working on a project, tracking how many deer were being killed on Utah roads, and they noticed that the way the information was being recorded might not be the most effective.

That’s when they created the "wildlife vehicle-collision reporter." It's an app that allows different agencies to track animals that lose their lives on Utah’s roads. Once a carcass is found, in addition to location, the app tracks the type of animal and other specifics, allowing Utah Department of Transportation officials to pinpoint areas that need signage or fences.

“Where the hot spots are occurring, where we're getting a lot of accidents and hits, and safety is our number one priority so we want to see how we can prevent them,” said Brandon Weston, a UDOT Environmental Services Director.