Wildlife Officials Warn About Vehicle Collisions

colorado parksWildlife are on the move again – deer and elk are migrating to their summer habitats, and that means they will be crossing highways in higher numbers. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and and other statewide organizations make efforts each migration season to remind motorists that wildlife-vehicle collisions are up this time of year. There is always an increase during migration seasons and the majority occur during the hours between dusk and dawn. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the insurance industry pays out nearly $1.1 billion a year in claims for all wildlife-vehicle collisions nationwide. There were 116 such incidents last year in Moffat County alone. A wildlife mitigation project is taking place in Grand County on Highway 9.

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