Letter: Slow down and protect our wildlife

Posted 4/7/22

Just the other morning, our routine walk at Bergen Meadow once again took a heartbreaking turn. We encountered a mortally injured cow elk. With a leg fractured and a grotesquely askew, she was in …

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Letter: Slow down and protect our wildlife

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Just the other morning, our routine walk at Bergen Meadow once again took a heartbreaking turn. We encountered a mortally injured cow elk. With a leg fractured and a grotesquely askew, she was in obvious severe pain. One call to animal control eventually led to a repeat call as officers were initially unable to locate the suffering animal.

I wish that all drivers could take a moment to slow down and enjoy the natural beauty which surrounds us in Evergreen. Evergreen should be appreciated as a refuge from the fast pace of city life, not an extension of it. Slow down and look around, enjoy this brief life. While some animal-car collisions are unavoidable, most are not. A small reduction in speed affords a large increase in reaction time and safety. Most Evergreen residents can recall very close calls when driving even slightly faster would likely have resulted in another beautiful wild animal being maimed, and ultimately killed. This concern is even greater at night when deer and elk are nocturnally feeding and moving. Sometimes the legal speed limit is still too fast. Since wild game may not comprehend the risk, it is up to each and everyone of us … we are the stewards of of the beautiful Evergreen residents who were here long before we were.

Mark Laurnen, Evergreen

 

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