Drivers and wildlife are at constant odds for the road. According to a study cited in the Wall Street Journal, “about 200 people a year die and 29,000 are hurt in wildlife-vehicle crashes in the U.S.”
Luckily, there are major efforts to protect bears, birds, deer and other creatures from impact and keep people safe from fatal accidents such as the award-winning design to create a wildlife overpass on I-70 to Vail.
West Middle School recently used a $4,400 grant from Cherry Hills Land Preserve to help solve this issue on a local scale. The nearly 1,100 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will help protect the interaction between the Canada Goose population and the public by building new nesting areas.
Project participants will be available to answer more questions about the project at the first annual Trail Walk and Country Fair on Sunday, September 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Trail #1441 at Quincy and Lafayette near the Rady barn.