CPW Reminds Motorists about Increased Wildlife Activity on Highways

PARKS AND WILDLIFEColorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Coloradans that daylights-saving time ends November 2nd. As we fall back to an earlier end of the day, motorists should be on the lookout for migrating wildlife. Fall is the breeding season for elk, deer and moose and males will pursue mates aggressively and may not be inhibited by traffic. In addition, as they migrate from their summer to winter range, ungulates are more active but less visible during this time of year. Wildlife officials add that because bears are especially active during fall as they prepare for hibernation, collisions are common, especially at dusk and dawn. Wildlife officials caution motorists that collisions with wildlife can result in injuries and death, not only to the wild animal but to humans as well. They advise that reducing speed, following nighttime speed limits in migration corridors and being alert to their surroundings protects people as well as Colorado’s wildlife. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the highest incidences of wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2013 occurred in the counties of La Plata, Jefferson, El Paso, Douglas, Garfield, Moffat, Larimer and Montezuma. Fore more information, click here.

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