- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Transportation officials are asking motorists to be careful of wildlife on the roads this winter.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says 3,960 vehicle-wildlife crashes were reported to law enforcement in 2014, up from 3,437 in 2013. That’s a 15 percent jump and is above the 10-year average of 3,590. 2014 is the most recent year of data collection.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/C5eGBH ) the fall season generates an increase in crashes as wildlife move down from the high country and head to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes. Most of the crashes happen from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and are also more difficult to see.

The highest number of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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