Motorists vs Wildlife at Dusk

deer on road 300Wildlife may not have to wrestle with changing the time on their microwave oven but the weather and human clock changes can pose some challenges for animals moving to lower elevations in advance of the coming winter. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding drivers that with dusk arriving earlier, the chances increase for collisions with deer and elk on Colorado’s roads.
“November is a dangerous month for motorists and wildlife,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator John Koshak. “Commuters will be driving at dusk when visibility is poor and when wildlife is most active.”  Koshak noted that along with reduced visibility for drivers, deer are also more vulnerable because November is the peak of the mating season, resulting in more mobile, easily distracted animals, he said.  He also cautioned drivers to be aware that deer and elk often travel in herds.  “If you see one animal on the road, generally there’s another one coming,” Koshak said. 
During the fall months, large groups of deer and elk will move from high-altitude summer range into low-elevation valleys where they can more readily find food to survive the winter. Those lower valleys are also where many roads and communities are found, increasing the likelihood of human-wildlife conflicts such as vehicle collisions.  If an animal is hit, wildlife officials advise drivers to report the incident to law enforcement and call 911 if there are any human injuries.  While some collisions may be unavoidable, motorists can reduce the likelihood of an accident by taking the following precautions:

Slow down!  Driving more slowly increases reaction time and reduces the chance of a collision.  
Stay alert while driving at dusk and dawn. This is when many of Colorado’s wildlife species are the most active and are likely to be crossing roadways.  Scan ahead and watch for movement along roadsides. When driving at night, watch for shining eyes reflecting in headlights. Always look and be prepared for more than one animal.  Obey traffic signs and watch for wildlife warning signs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife requires that people who wish to salvage road kill apply for a roadkill permit within 48 hours.


Grouse Mountain Pile Burning This Week

controlled-burns-300U.S. Forest Service fire crews will be burning slash piles during the week of Nov. 11 and possibly the week of Nov. 18 in the Grouse Mountain area of Grand County.  The piles are a result of hazard tree-removal operations near Forest Roads 12, 112, 121 and 125.  Forest users and communities along U.S. Highway 40, including Parshall, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby may observe smoke and flames, which are a normal part of pile burning operations.  This portion of the Arapaho National Forest is administratively managed by the Parks Ranger District. Questions should be directed to the district office in Walden.  The main objective of pile burning is to reduce remaining dead fuels from hazard tree-removal projects. Removing hazardous fuels reduces the risk of wildfire to watershed and communities.  The decision to burn these piles has been made due to wet and cool weather. Weather conditions will be closely monitored and burns will only be initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Each prescribed burn planned by the Forest has gone through an environmental analysis and has a burn plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from state agencies.  For more information about this or other projects please call (970) 723-2700 or stop by the Parks Ranger District at 100 Main Street in Walden between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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Moffat County Commissioners meeting agenda for 11-12

Steamboat City Council meeting agenda for 11-12

Steamboat Liquor License Authority meeting for 11-19

Steamboat Redevelopment Authority meeting agenda for 11-19

Steamboat City Council meeting agenda for 11-19



In high school sports this weekend:

In volleyball:
Meeker beat Ridgway and lost to Resurrection Christian at the state playoffs in Denver.

Denver Broncos

broncos-300The Denver Broncos play San Diego today.  You can catch the game live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:25.


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