SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Washington State Department of Transportation cameras captured a rare cougar crossing early Monday morning.
The camera recorded the animal using a wildlife undercrossing along Interstate 90, just a few miles east of Snoqualmie.
WSDOT spent years creating bridges, overpasses and underpasses to allow wildlife to safely cross the high-traffic roads.
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There is one overcrossing and ten undercrossings along the I-90 corridor.
The agency says this is only the second time a cougar has used this path.
About 4,000 wildlife use the structures each year.
Another cougar sighting! We captured this video early this morning, a few miles east of Snoqualmie. This is the 2nd cougar to use the I-90 wildlife undercrossing structures but not the first animal to ring in the new year. We saw a couple coyotes & a hare yesterday. pic.twitter.com/5qWzVogbFT— Snoqualmie Pass (@SnoqualmiePass) January 2, 2023
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