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Pinpointing elk collision hot spots on Highway 20

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MOUNT VERNON — The State Patrol, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Transportation are trying to get better data about elk vs. car collisions on Highway 20.

The problem is a big one and the carcasses just aren’t adding up. DOT records in 2012 show 12 elk collisions were reported on Highway 20 between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete. But crews picked up 57 carcasses from the side of the road. State Trooper Mark Francis said drivers often hit animals and then keep on driving, which hurts the state’s ability to track the issue.

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