GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
With dusk arriving earlier and Colorado wildlife migrating throughout the state, the roads are much more dangerous for both humans and animals.
During the fall months large groups of deer and elk will move from high-altitude summer range into low-elevation valleys where they can find food and survive winter.
Officials advise the public to drive slowly and scan the roadways carefully.
If drivers can not avoid hitting an animal the best thing to do is break rather than try to swerve out of the way.
Mike Porras, public information officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said, "In many cases these accidents are caused by someone losing control of the vehicle. So if you're driving slower and able to stop and avoid a collision, or keep control of your vehicle if a collision is unavoidable, then certainly the person will come out much off in that case."
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a few roads in particular are high-risk, some include:
Colo. Highway 13, Rifle to Meeker
Colo. Highway 82, Glenwood Springs to Aspen
Colo. Highway 9, Silverthorne to Kremmling
U.S. Highway 50, Monarch Pass to Montrose
U.S. Highway 550, north of Durango to Delta
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