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Jul 7, 2011 6:46 AM by Kate Richards

Decrease in wildlife related traffic accidents

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Vehicle collisions with wildlife are decreasing at the Air Force Academy but they're still the second-leading cause of accidents there.

The academy says 237 vehicle-animal collisions were recorded from 2001 to 2010, compared with 401 in the decade before that.

The most recent was last week, when a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with an elk. He was treated at a Colorado Springs hospital and released.

The academy estimates that 250 deer and 35 elk live on the campus north of Colorado Springs.

The campus covers 18,000 acres, or 28 square miles, and the west side reaches into the Rocky Mountain foothills. The campus elevation ranges from 6,200 to 9,000 feet above sea level.

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