On August 21, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced an executive order to protect wildlife by conserving Western landscapes and big game species for future generations.
The executive order directs several state agencies to prioritize, coordinate and focus on protecting the traditional migration corridors of Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and moose.
Almost 4,000 wildlife-vehicle crashes are reported each year in Colorado, resulting in an estimated $80 million in damages, loss of wildlife and declining population health for some of the state’s most treasured species. Broad range species like deer, antelope and elk depend on migration corridors to reach critcal habitat for food and refuge. But their habitats and historic migration routes are becoming increasingly fragemented. Colorado has seen success with a number of wildlife passages around the state that have included overpass structures, underpasses, fencing, escape ramps and wildlife guards.
Governor Polis’ Executive Order specifically directs:
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife to compile a status report of wildlife migration and associated science by the end of the calendar year, and incorporate the importance of migration corridors into public education and outreach efforts;
- Colorado Department of Natural Resources to identify policy, regulatory or legislative opportunities to ensure the ongoing conservation of seasonal habitat and migration corridors; and
- Colorado Department of Transportation to enable safe wildlife passage and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.
The order will remain in effect until May 1, 2023 unless modified or rescinded prior to that date.
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