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Eagle Mountain City Council approves wildlife corridor, a first in Utah

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 13:12:51-05

Eagle Mountain City Council has approved a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone, becoming the first city in Utah to consider this type of zoning.

This gives the city the potential to create a 1300-acre wildlife corridor for mule deer migration across the city, as well as protection for other animal habitats and plants.

Creation of the corridor is a priority for Eagle Mountain Mayor Tom Westmoreland, who stated, “This zoning addition is an important step in the city’s effort to preserve open space and maintain the connection with nature and outdoor recreation that is in large part what draws people to locate in Eagle Mountain.”

As a first step, DWR is working with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to build a wildlife fence on the south side of SR-73 to guide deer away from danger. A driver alert system will also be created to protect migrating wildlife.