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Nature & Wildlife
2015 November
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Slow Down!
Motorists Reminded To Slow Down For
Wildlife As Daylight-Savings Time Ends
As Nov. 1 brings an end to daylight savings
time, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds
Colorado motorists of the higher risk of being
involved in a wildlife-related accident.
According to the Colorado Department of Trans-
portation, November sees more car accidents
involving wildlife than any other month.
¡°It¡¯s going to be obviously most dangerous
at dusk and dawn,¡± said Colorado Parks and
Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Cody Wigner,
¡°This time of year the days are getting shorter
and people are commuting to and from work at
those times.¡±
Visibility is poor when many of our big game
animals are most active. Deer are extremely
vulnerable to being struck this time of year
because this is their peak mating season. They
are more mobile, easily distracted and more
likely to be crossing roadways.
According to transportation studies, motor
vehicle accidents involving wildlife rank as the
third leading cause for crashes behind speeding
and inattentive driving. These statistics include
severe property damage, injuries and fatalities.
While some collisions may be unavoidable, mo-
torists can reduce the likelihood of an accident
by taking the following precautions:
--Slow Down! Driving more slowly increases
reaction time and reduces the chance of a col-
lision.
--Stay Alert while driving at dusk and dawn.
This is when many of Colorado¡¯s wildlife are
the most active and are likely to be crossing
roadways.
Salmon give-away scheduled for Durango
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will give away ko-
kanee salmon in Durango at 3p on November 6 ,
13, 20 and December 4 at the boat ramp at Lake
Nighthorse.
The fish will be available following spawning
operations at the reservoir. Anyone wanting fish
must present a 2015 Colorado fishing license.
The number of fish each person receives will be
determined by the number of kokanee collected
by CPW staff and the number of people who
Come And Get It!
--Scan Ahead and
watch for movement
along roadsides. When
driving at night, watch
for shining eyes in
headlights. Always look
and be prepared for
more than one animal.
--Obey traffic signs
and watch for wildlife
warning signs.
Wildlife-related ac-
cidents can happen
anywhere in Colorado;
however, drivers should
be especially cautious
when traveling through
forests and agricultural
land, as well as the
following ¡°high-risk¡±
areas:
Interstate 70 (Floyd
Hill, Mt. Vernon Canyon
and Eagle)
US 285 (Morrison)
Highway 160 (Durango
to Pagosa Springs and
Durango to Mancos)
Highway 550 (north
of Durango and from
Montrose to Ouray)
Interstate 25 (Castle
Rock to Larkspur)
Highway 82 (Glenwood
Springs to Aspen)
Highway 36 (Boulder to
Lyons)
Highway 93 (Golden to
Boulder)
Drivers involved in a
wildlife/vehicle collision
should report the accident to the Colorado State
Patrol by calling *CSP (star key and 277).
For more information on wildlife and traffic
safety, visit: www.codot.gov/programs/
environmental/wildlife/wildlifeonthemove
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife
go to: cpw.state.co.us
show-up for the give-away. Fish are distributed
as equally as possible.
To get to the boat ramp, go west on La Plata
County Road 210 behind the Office Depot shop-
ping center to the top of the hill. CPW staff will
be at the entrance to check licenses and direct
traffic. Because of traffic concerns, people are
asked to arrive at the gate no earlier than 2p.
The Bureau of Reclamation has granted CPW lim-
ited permission to conduct the give-aways at this
location. Those attending will be required to stay
in their vehicles until the give-away starts. People
must stay in the parking lot and will not be able
to walk around any other part of the property.
Each give-away should be completed by 4p.
People interested in receiving fish should bring
a small cooler or other container. Most of the
kokanee are 10 to 13 inches in size. These tasty
fish can be filleted and are easy to prepare.
Kokanee are a freshwater, land-locked sockeye
salmon. It is not native to Colorado but is
well suited to Colorado¡¯s large reservoirs.
For more information on kokanee and all
Colorado¡¯s fish species, go to: cpw.state.co
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying pri-
marily on license sales, state parks fees
and registration fees to support its opera-
tions, including: 42 state parks and more
than 350 wildlife areas covering approxi-
mately 900,000 acres, big-game manage-
ment, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching,
camping, motorized and non-motorized
trails, boating and outdoor education.
CPW¡¯s work contributes approximately $6
billion in total economic impact annually
throughout Colorado.
CPW commemorates Veterans Day
with free state park admission
for military, veterans
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
offers all military men and women free
admission to Colorado¡¯s state parks on
Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.
¡°CPW is proud to honor our veterans and
military members this Veterans Day,¡± said
CPW Spokesman, Matt Robbins. ¡°Free ac-
cess to Colorado¡¯s State Parks is our way
to say ¡®thank you¡¯, and provide a special
place for those who serve this great coun-
try to relax, renew and reflect.
Boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wild-
life viewing are just a few of the activities
A State Parks ¡°Thank You¡±