Fence frustration

Fencing along highways not allowing young wildlife to cross safely

The lure of wider roads and better visibility often attract more traffic, which may lead to unforeseen problems when the road interrupts wildlife movement, such as this stretch of Colorado Highway 13 north of Rifle. The new fences along the highway both keep elk off the road and yet trap the elk when they manage to cross one fence and not the other.



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The lure of wider roads and better visibility often attract more traffic, which may lead to unforeseen problems when the road interrupts wildlife movement, such as this stretch of Colorado Highway 13 north of Rifle. The new fences along the highway both keep elk off the road and yet trap the elk when they manage to cross one fence and not the other.

On a morning in early July, motorists along Colorado Highway 13 north of Rio Blanco saw what’s become a familiar sight. A herd of cow elk, fresh from calving grounds in the Piceance…




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