Wildlife Migrating Back to Summer Habitats

WESTERN SLOPE, Colo. - With spring in the air, many forms of wildlife have started making their way back from winter habitats to summer habitats, which has caused state officials to warn the public to stay alert while on the road.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officials explained as deer and elk cross roadways without warning, it's important to know they are mostly active during dusk and dawn, however, an encounter can still take place at any time of the day.

J.T. Romatzke, Area Wildlife Manager with CPW described how, "we have two of the largest migratory deer herds in the United States, and so those animals are moving significant distances."

Wildlife officials also encourage drivers to be vigilant by driving with high beam headlights at night, as well as scanning the sides of the roads for any wildlife, especially while driving in the dark.


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