Reducing Wildlife Collisions

US 550, Montrose to Ridgway

Sara Coulter & Shirley Jentsch

The new construction activity on US 550 between MP 105 and 113 is part of an effort to reduce wildlife collisions by providing additional ramps that allow animals caught in the right of way (ROW) between the fencing to escape the road. Although many gaps in the deer fencing in this eight-mile stretch of highway have been closed or mitigated with cattle guards in recent years, there are still roads, driveways, and other openings that allow animals to access the highway and get trapped between the fences. Especially in the fall and spring when animals are involved in their seasonal migration, or in the winter, when they are simply moving about to find food, drivers risk encounters with wildlife as they commute between Montrose and Ridgway, Telluride, or Ouray.

Concerned citizens coming together to preserve habitat and corridors surrounding the northwestern San Juan Mountains.


The San Juan Corridors Coalition is dedicated to preserving critical habitat and migration corridors for mule deer and other wildlife by:

Supporting and working with DOW to identify habitat issues and areas in need of protection

Educating the public about wildlife and human impact issues

Encouraging landowners

to consider conservation easements and other measures to protect their land

Working with county government to develop land use policies that have a minimal impact on wildlife

Working with CDOT to allow safe passage for wildlife and people

Thursday, January 14th, 7 p.m.

Ridgway Community Center

Railroad Avenue, Ridgway

Doors Open at 6:30

Refreshments provided

Information: 626-4496