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Old 12-02-2012, 01:37 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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40 years in CO and never once even came close to hitting a deer. Definitely not inevitable.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:59 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Do you frequently drive at night in the mountains like i do?
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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If you've hit two deer, maybe you need to adjust your driving style to the new terrain.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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I've been driving in Colorado for a long, long time, I'm very familiar with driving here. When it's 2:45 AM and you're driving up UTE pass, the deer love to jump right out in front of you, and sometimes, they do it so quickly that you don't even have a chance to touch your brake.

The last one I hit was in Crystola, it just darted out in front of me with no warning. I don't speed, ever, and I have a spotless driving record.

I'm telling you, spend any length of time driving around in the mountains, sooner of later, you're gonna have a deer encounter. Maybe an Elk, if you're really unlucky.

Almost everyone i know that lives in Woodland Park has mowed one down at some point.

I can't believe that you're 4 times as likely in Ohio to hit a deer than Colorado. I see more deer here than anywhere else I've ever lived, they walk around in the Walmart parking lot for God's sake. And they have basically no fear of cars or humans, Unlike midwestern Whitetails, these Mulies are dumber than a box of hammers.

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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We have Whitetails here, too - they live in my neighborhood.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Coming from NoVA a couple of years ago, I had several close encounters with deer, but luckily never hit one. But here, they're as common as squirrels. Even living downtown, we've had them in our front yard, and shortly after arriving here, I was shocked to see an elk munching on plants in someone's front yard on Cascade, just a block or two from Colorado College. On the west side in Skyway and particularly in the Crystal Hills area of Manitou they're everywhere any time day or night. And if you see one, keep an eye out, there will be probably be a half dozen more right behind.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I think the post is getting a lil' off topic....not really about deer.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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You doomsday people crack me up. OMFG, no lights!? Whatever shall we do!?

Get a life, grow up, stop being a pansy and move on. And yes, stay around Colorado Springs for awhile. Sooner or later, you're gonna mow down a Bambi. It's inevitable. More than likely it will happen in broad daylight too.
Its not doomsday then again its bad public relations for a city. I know I would not want to live in a city that could not afford to keep their street lights on let alone move a multi million dollar company to.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:36 AM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Agree with lurtsman ... the better to see the moon and stars with. This world has way too much light pollution. I wish they'd keep them turned off.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:44 AM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I think streetlights are ugly and overused. A waste of energy, unnecessary CO2 emissions and detractor from peaceful dark night skies. In suburban areas of Colorado Springs where people move almost entirely by vehicles with their own lighting, they're largely unnecessary.

I hate to see a fuss about turning the streetlights back on when there are far more urgent matters. Crater-sized potholes, ugly deteriorating median strips and street borders that haven't been mowed since last year. It's embarrassing to drive visitors through many areas of this town, even some "nice" areas.

But, yay, streetlights.
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