Small livestock owners who live in areas where wildlife might be nearby are being asked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to take extra steps to protect their animals.
More and more people throughout Colorado — and not just in rural areas — are keeping livestock.
Mark Waltermire loves growing things. At his Thistle Whistle Farm outside of Hotchkiss, we sit under a shade awning and talk as we peel various kinds of sweet onions — red ones from Italy and other colors, too, with unusual names. The talk bounces around from one kind of plant to another, from gooseberries to potatoes to marketable, edible weeds.
Leafy spurge, Euphorbia esula, is located in eastern Delta County along lands irrigated by the Stewart, Minnesota and Turner ditches. The Minnesota Creek Road area is the epicenter for leafy spurge.
Steve and Rachel Allen's place is surrounded on three sides by deep canyons and the one road to the ranch requires driving on miles of dirt, but, when you're there, it feels like you're at the center of everything. Look north and down, and the North Fork valley from Austin to Paonia spreads before you like a map, with the foothills of Grand Mesa providing backdrop.