In this week's cover story, "The Bridge to Somewhere
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," I look at the rising animal-vehicle collision rate across Colorado and the effort to build a wildlife bridge over Vail Pass. Our relentless interstates have fragmented habitat, disrupted migration patterns -- and led to a lot of nasty roadkill, along the lines of
But there are also places where the deer and the antelope can play without crossing guards, thanks to underpasses and other structures -- some intended for wildlife use, some discovered out of necessity. The citizen science project described in my feature, in which motion-triggered cameras were set up at strategic locations between Vail and Copper Mountain, caught a lot of wildlife using the roomy corridors under the bridge spans west of Vail Pass. For a massive collection of wildlife caught in the act of being wild, check out this archive of photos from the monitoring on the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project website.