Why You Might See More Wildlife on Colorado Roads This Month

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DENVER (KDVR) — As Coloradans hit the road this spring in search of mountain adventure, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging motorists to keep an eye out for big game migrating across the state.

The migration season is when wildlife move from winter areas to summer habitats. During this season, motorists may see an increase in wildlife crossing busy highways, especially at dawn and dusk.

“Speaking of big game in general, in general they move from high elevation areas to low elevation areas for food availability,” CPW’s Jason Clay said.

Different CPW regions across the state are also reminding drivers that due to the time of year young wild animals may follow their parents.

“What you need to do to keep that in mind is to stay alert when driving, we remind people to scan ahead, look for movement along the roads,” Clay said.

As for where collisions occur more frequently, larger freeways like I-70 and I-25 stand out from Clay, especially along the I-25 gap segment near Larkspur. That’s why the Colorado Department of Transportation and CPW have developed underpasses and fencing to prevent accidents.

“These collisions have a big impact,” Clay said. “It is vital that we try to make improvements.”

The state has already implemented several of these mitigation strategies, such as a wildlife bridge along Highway 9 from Silverthorne to Kremling, and the results show promise for public and wildlife safety.

“Wildlife vehicle collisions are down about 90 percent,” Clay said of the bridge there.

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