Wading wapiti

A young bull elk crosses the Animas River in the north valley Monday. Deep snow from recent storms has forced elk from the mountains to lower elevations. Drivers should always exercise caution . . Big-game animals are always moving, especially this time of year, said Joe Lewandowski, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Enlargephoto

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A young bull elk crosses the Animas River in the north valley Monday. Deep snow from recent storms has forced elk from the mountains to lower elevations. "Drivers should always exercise caution . . Big-game animals are always moving, especially this time of year," said Joe Lewandowski, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.