We all need to move safely. CPW and CDOT are working together to address wildlife-vehicle collisions in Colorado.
In Colorado, 4,000 wildlife- vehicle collisions (WVCs) happen each year.
Wildlife-vehicle collisions cost $66.3 million annually in medical expenses.
Every year, 2% of big game populations & 9,000 mule deer are killed on highways.
With increasing traffic throughout the state, human-wildlife collisions are rising and causing both safety and ecological impacts. From 2009 – 2018, over 37,400 wildlife-vehicle collisions were reported in Colorado.
In 2018, the Colorado Wildlife & 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 partner with other Coloradans to improve human safety and wildlife movement needs into Colorado’s transportation system.
- Incorporate wildlife needs into transportation planning projects
- Connect agencies that have similar wildlife mitigation missions
- Fund projects that build safe passageways for wildlife
- Build partnerships and awareness to protect wildlife movements across the landscape
- Educate future generations about wildlife conservation