WSDOT showcases the state’s wildlife crossings for National Wildlife Week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This week is National Wildlife Week, and the Washington State Department of Transportation is using the opportunity to show off their many wildlife crossings.

WSDOT is showcasing crossings in the Spokane area and in South Central Washington.

Wildlife crossings allow animals to travel freely near roads by having them cross above or below them. There is also typically fencing that funnels wildlife into these crossings so they do not get hit by cars or cause damage.

WSDOT says these crossings are great and have helped preserve wildlife and keep crashes to a minimum low. Both of the crossings they featured on Twitter were originally fish passages — a type of wildlife crossing that helps fish migrate across roads.

You can see a herd of deer, a moose and a mountain lion crossing under the road.