CPW reminds Motorists to Watch for Wildlife

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife reminds motorists to be on the lookout for migrating wildlife. Although winter weather is settling in, it is still autumn, the breeding season for elk, deer and moose. Males will pursue mates aggressively and may not be inhibited by traffic. 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. They say reducing speed, following nighttime speed limits in migration corridors and being alert to their surroundings protects people as well as wildlife. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the highest incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2013 occurred in the counties of La Plata, Jefferson, El Paso, Douglas, Garfield, Moffat, Larimer and Montezuma.

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