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Drive slower for the sake of the animals along Four Mile Road

Dear Editor,

Wednesday evening, a mountain lion was hit and killed on Four Mile Road not far from our home. This brought us great sadness ” it was like losing a neighbor. We pulled over to look at her, and I even touched her beautiful body to say goodbye. Many neighbors had seen her during the past year, but I had not. I now got to see her up close, but would much rather have spied her just passing through.

Another young cougar was killed in almost the same spot four years ago, and we nearly hit a deer that bounded out in the same place earlier this week.

I would like to make a plea for everyone to drive more slowly and keep a close watch on the sides of the roads. We can’t always avoid these collisions, but slowing down a bit may reduce the numbers.

If we drove 10 mph slower on Highway 82, we might kill only half the number of deer and elk that we do now. Do we have to be in such a hurry that we end up killing the animals that live here and provide us with a beautiful part of our mountain experience?

Maggie Pedersen

Glenwood Springs

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