Watch Out For Wildlife In Fall
By KCRMA Open Space Ranger Gary Norton
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.
- BEARS are preparing for hibernation, and they will need to consume up to 20,000 thousand calories a day. Residents should remove all attractants like birdfeeders and remember to store trash indoors until the morning of pickup.
- DEER are entering the breeding season and 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.
- VEHICLE COLLISIONS with deer increase in the fall as the days gets shorter. 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 or leave the Valley.
- HOLIDAY LIGHTS that are strung on trees and shrubs can get caught in deer antlers and may hinder movement or feeding. If possible, restrict holiday lights at your home.
For more information, contact the Ranger staff at 303-979-1876, ext. 170, or Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227 or visit http://cpw.state.co.us/.