Four new animal crossings will be built in Kootenay National Park with new funding from the federal government.

Parks Canada announced plans Wednesday afternoon for the new crossings, which will be built just north of the Dolly Varden day use area. The crossings will cost roughly $10 million.

The money will also be used to pay for six kilometres of highway fencing to keep wildlife off the roads.

This is part of what Parks Canada calls "phase two" of a broader plan to reduce the number of animals getting killed or injured by vehicles.  

Last year, Parks Canada built three underpasses and constructed five kilometres of of wildlife fencing.

Parks officials say those measures have dramatically reduced wildlife deaths.

The federal government expects construction will be finished on the new crossings and fencing by the end of next year.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the wildlife crossings would go in Kananaskis National Park. They will go in Kootenay National Park.
    Aug 27, 2014 2:29 PM MT