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Watch Out for Wildlife This Fall

By Gary Norton, Park Ranger

 Fall is the time when wildlife start preparing for winter and is breeding season for deer and elk. Increased activity in the fall can lead to conflicts with wildlife. By adhering to a few guidelines, Ken-Caryl residents can avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  • SLOW DOWN: As the days grow shorter, collisions with deer on the roadways increase. Please slow down and be aware of major deer crossing areas like: the intersection of Valley Parkway and Club Drive and the blind corners on Ken Caryl Ave, as you enter the Valley.
  • STAY BACK: As deer enter the breeding season, male deer will be searching for mates and can be very aggressive. Never approach male deer and give them plenty of room to escape if encountered.
  • HANG LIGHTS WITH CARE: Holiday lights can get caught in deer antlers and may hinder movement or feeding. If possible, try to isolate lights and never string them between trees or shrubs.
  • BE BEAR AWARE: As bears prepare for hibernation, they will need to consume up to 20,000 thousand calories a day. Residents should remove all attractants like bird feeders and remember to store trash indoors until the morning of pick-up.

For more information, contact the Ranger Staff at 303-979-1876, ext. 170, or Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227, or visit www.wildlife.state.co.us.

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