GUNNISON, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers have started using bait to lure wildlife away from a highway.

CBS4 first reported about the problem in the Gunnison Basin last week.

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Nearly 50 inches of snow has fallen recently and deer and elk have been forced to go closer to Highway 50 to find food.

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Wildlife officers started putting food out to get them away from the road. They’re confident they won’t have to expand to an all-out winter feeding program like the one needed in the huge snow year of 2008.