DOW issues warning to drivers
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is urging area drivers to use extra caution when driving along Highway 82 this fall.The warning, which the DOW issues each spring and fall when wildlife is most active, is especially poignant this fall after 28-year-old Carbondale resident Julian Gonzalez-Santillan was killed after the car in which he was a passenger swerved, then rolled, in the driver’s effort to avoid a deer that had been injured by another driver. That accident happened Thursday. Colorado Division of Wildlife area wildlife manager Pat Tucker said deer and elk are in the midst of migrating to their winter range, which means they are much more likely to be on the roads this time of year. “We’ve got deer and elk moving from their summer range to their winter range in the lower-elevation valleys,” Tucker said. Tucker said aside from last week’s fatal accident, he’s seen numerous deer and elk carcasses on the shoulders of Highway 82 and Interstate 70. He said the animals are most active at dusk and dawn, but they are on the move constantly this time of year. “It could be any time, so folks need to be aware that day or night, wildlife could be crossing the road,” he said. The most wildlife activity has recently been occurring between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale on Highway 82 and on I-70 west of Canyon Creek, Tucker said. “That’s where we live, and we drive pretty fast,” he said. Tucker also said there are a lot of deer and elk on Missouri Heights, but fortunately vehicles aren’t traveling as fast there. “The speeds aren’t that great, but you still have animals crossing there,” he said. Another tip Tucker offered area drivers is to flash their lights to oncoming traffic if wildlife is in or near the road to warn those motorists to slow down.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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