We all need to move safely.
Why do we care?
In Colorado, nearly 4,000 vehicle crashes involving wildlife are reported to law enforcement each year, resulting in injuries and fatalities to humans and costing an estimated $66.4 million annually, not including the value of the wildlife that is killed and the impacts to wildlife populations.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife estimates that up to 2% of some big game populations, including approximately 9,240 mule deer, are killed annually on highways.
Roads and wildlife come into conflict in a variety of different ways in Colorado. With increasing traffic throughout the state, conflicts are causing both safety and ecological impacts. From 2005 – 2014, there were 35,909 wildlife-vehicle collisions reported in Colorado.
What are we doing?
In 2018, the Colorado Wildlife and Transportation Alliance (“Alliance”) was established as a statewide coalition between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), federal, tribal, academic, nonprofit, biologist, and engineering partners.
The Alliance is a collaborative effort with a vision to improve human safety while fully integrating wildlife movement needs into Colorado’s transportation system. This includes measures that institutionalize wildlife considerations into transportation projects, and build partnerships and awareness to protect wildlife movements across the landscape, with the ultimate goal of reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions while maintaining wildlife populations. Learn more about the Alliance.
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