Check out an interesting article in The Coloradoan out of Fort Collins today addressing the increasing numbers of wildlife-related motor vehicle accidents.
The article estimates that more than 1.5 million wildlife-vehicle accidents occur nationally each year, and cause 161 human fatalities. In Colorado alone, these wildlife accidents have increased about 300 percent in the last 10 years.
Fall is the most dangerous time for wildlife encounters, as breeding season brings more deer, bighorn sheep and elk near roadways. The early snowfall this year has brought the dangers into the winter months, as wildlife emerges searching for food or licking salt near the roadways.
The article provides statistics for the most common wildlife accident areas in the Fort Collins and Estes Park areas.