At One With Nature: How People And Wildlife Can Share Space In Colorado

June 10, 2021
Evergreen Elk WildlifeEvergreen Elk WildlifeHart Van Denburg/CPR News
A motorist stops to photograph elk wandering a residential neighborhood near the Evergreen Parkway, July 14, 2020.

In Colorado, you live with wildlife. That’s part of the beauty of this place… but there’s tension as urban areas grow rapidly. Cities often displace animals, and roads split up their roaming territory. Sometimes, that’s deadly.

An 18-year-old woman struck an elk on I-25 north of Castle Rock early Monday morning. When she got out of her damaged car, she was hit and killed by another vehicle. This tragedy raises questions about the space shared between people and wildlife in Colorado. What’s being done to protect both? Part of the answer may be found in a collaboration between the Colorado Department of  Transportation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.