The migration season brings an increase of wildlife/vehicle collisions!
Vehicle collisions with wildlife happen year round, but statistics indicate that the migration of animals to their wintering habitats can lead to higher incidents of wildlife-vehicle collisions during the fall and winter seasons. The Colorado Department of Wildlife (CDOT) and partnering agencies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP), remind motorists to be alert because, “Wildlife are on the Move
“It’s a very significant occurrence – the migration of wildlife. We need to understand that while roads have been built for our convenience, they are sometimes paved in the middle of animal migration corridors,” said Mark Lawler, CDOT biologist. “As snow begins to fall in the high country, the changing weather pushes wildlife to the foothills and lower elevations. The animals’ natural instinct sends them in search of food and water sources which means crossing our state’s roads and highways.”
Motorists should be aware that wildlife can cross roads without warning at most any time of day or night, but a majority of animal-vehicle collisions occur from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and unfortunately more difficult to see. Over the past ten years the state has seen an average of 3,300 reported wildlife related collisions each year. Also in that ten year period 2,661 crashes involved driver or passenger injuries. And sadly, 33 of the collisions resulted in fatalities.