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Shorter Days Could Mean More Wildlife Collisions, Officials Warn

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the earlier arrival of dusk will increase the chances for drivers to run into animals.

In a release, the agency says this is mating season for many creatures, especially mule deer, and they are highly active. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin also is warning drivers to watch out for wildlife and livestock on roads. In a social-media post, he says a motorist hit a female mountain lion on Highway 145 near Dolores on October 13th, leaving a young cub orphaned. It was taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to be raised. The incident occurred just a day after a 28-year-old Cortez woman was killed on Highway 160 when her motorcycle struck a deer near Hesperus.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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