WILDLIFE ON THE MOVE!
Drivers reminded to slow down, scan the roadsides for wildlife activity during this time of year
With the surge in holiday travel, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are reminding motorists that Colorado’s wildlife are on the move. They are still migrating to wintering habitats, which means more wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) on highways.
Wildlife-vehicle collisions happen year round, 24/7. However, there is always an increase during migration seasons—typically November for fall and June for the spring—and the majority occur during the hours between dusk and dawn. These collisions are not only a matter of safety, but can be quite costly as well.
While wildlife near the roadsides can be present nearly anywhere in Colorado, CDOT will typically post static signs (the yellow sign with jumping deer symbol) in areas where there have been upwards of five WVCs per mile per year. Travelers this time of year will often see electronic variable message signs with wildlife warnings as well. And travelers will continue to see roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife crossing, per 2010 legislation (see web site for press release background and charts on Wildlife Zones, including this: http://www.coloradodot.info/news/2012-news-releases/10-2012/wildlife-on-the-move).
Slow down. Stay alert. Wildlife are on the move!