Slow down for bighorns |

Slow down for bighorns

Dear Editor:On a road near town, someone once asked to have the “deer crossing” sign moved elsewhere because the deer were getting hit. It’d be just as ridiculous to politely ask the bighorn sheep and their babies, the deer and elk and all other animals to kindly stay away from the roads. The change of season brings more activity with the animals. On the Frying Pan Road in Basalt, the bighorns are seen on the roads most days, usually during the winter months. They blend in with the roads and nature especially on overcast days. Several lambs have been hit by locals driving too fast, not observing that they jump from the lower river side up onto the curvy road.Most recently a lamb was found in serious distress after a hit and run. A couple of my neighbors came to support this animal in serious agony, putting his dog blanket under it and carefully moving her out of the road. There is no reason the animals should be hit as much as they are anywhere! In these prevalent areas where the sheep like to graze and cross the road, it is necessary to slow down far below the speed limit. If I were going the 35 speed limit, I would have hit one. The growth of development causes the animals to not always have a place to go when there are roads between themselves and their food supply. It’d be a much safer and happier place if more people would choose to respect it by being both responsible and using common sense. There is so much beautiful wildlife to appreciate, not to neglect or ignore because of our busy and fast-paced lives. Ignorance is not always bliss! Make the effort to leave five or 10 minutes earlier. If traveling from the 15-mile marker, by speeding you may save three to five minutes. Is it really worth it to cause such distress to the animal hit or to a biker or others who care? I have a heavy foot at times but also choose to use common sense and concern! I have altered my own driving patterns. Please, look before you, observing the panorama. Observe your driving habits. We all need a brake once in a while so, give wildlife a brake! We all want to take shortcuts. Lots of hard lessons can teach us or we can just become wiser by becoming more aware. It’s easy to be stupid or careless. It takes discipline and exercising the mind, by taking the time to do what is right or appropriate. Thank you to Kelly Wood, the Division of Wildlife, and Scott Condon, The Aspen Times and all those who care to support! People have responded to the front-page article (The Aspen Times, March 24) on the bighorns, showing great support ! Katya RustonBasalt

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