Why are Canada lynx so elusive? Their range stretches across 25 states including Colorado, yet, this intriguing medium-sized wild cat with large, furry feet, is fairly obscure.
The white-tailed prairie dog won't be listed as a threatened or an endangered species partly due to extensive survey work by biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other state wildlife agencies where the species exists.
Petitions to list the white-tailed prairie dog on the federal endangered species list were filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) starting in 2002.
Throughout Colorado deer are in the midst of their mating season and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding residents to take precautions to avoid conflicts.
"Buck deer can be aggressive and lose their usual wariness of people at this time of year," said Patt Dorsey, southwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed its draft elk management plan for Game Management Units 54, 53 and 63 and it is posted on the CPW web site for a 30-day comment period. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 27.
To view the plan, go to http://cpw.state.co.us then enter "herd management plans" in the search bar and follow the link.
In the interest of public health and safety, CDOT removes animal carcasses from any state highway, U.S. highway, or interstate. According to Lisa Schwantes, Regional Public Relations Manager for the Western Slope, anyone wishing to report a carcass or debris on such roadways should contact CDOT's Northwest Region-3 hotline: 970-243-2368.
In late October, three state agencies issued a joint announcement reminding motorists that animal-vehicle collisions (AVC) increase this time of year when animals migrate to their wintering habitats. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), joined forces to warn motorists to be alert because, "Wildlife are on the move!"
Nov. 5 marks the end of daylight saving time, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds motorists to be particularly cautious to avoid wildlife-related accidents on our roads as daylight hours get shorter.
Last Friday night, a car struck a deer on Main Street in Cedaredge. The vehicle moved on and the deer -- a young doe -- died in the gutter.
An innovative project developed cooperatively by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the City of Montrose has resulted in the establishment of a new state wildlife area for CPW and a new park for the city.
The Cerro Summit State Wildlife Area, a 162-acre parcel that includes a 40-acre reservoir, opened on Sept. 29.
Locally grown sweet corn is a tasty treat that's proving irresistible for bears coming off the Uncompahgre Plateau. Due to a lack of food on the plateau, bears have been moving into the corn fields of California Mesa.
Bears are on the move throughout Colorado and are entering a stage known as "hyperphagia" -- which means they are eating continually to put on the fat stores they need to get them through their winter hibernation.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing new management plans for big game in the North Fork and Gunnison areas and invites hunters and the general public to provide comments through online surveys.
Anyone who relies on hay to feed livestock during the winter should start planning now to protect that valuable crop from deer and elk.
During winters with deep snow, deer and elk will look for easy sources of food and unprotected hay stacks are an attractant, explained Chris Kloster, game damage coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Fishing line can help you reel in the big one, but when monofilament is left carelessly along a lake or river it can be harmful to wildlife.
In early August, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received a call about a dead osprey on the banks of Trout Creek in the Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado.
U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Sage Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the habitat of the sage grouse and mule deer.
On July 21, on a private property three miles north of Cedaredge, a marauding mountain was taken. The property owner, who asked that her name not be used, told the DCI that state wildlife official had given permission for the animal to be taken.
At the conclusion of last week's Crawford Town Board meeting, trustee Mike Tiedeman reminded everyone, "Bears are around. Keep that trash picked up!"
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that leftover limited licenses (licenses remaining after the primary and leftover draws) went on sale in person and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 1. These licenses are also available for online purchase.
Deer and elk hunters, outfitters and guides, landowners, wildlife viewers and photographers have a window of opportunity to weigh in on how big game herds in and around the Delta County area will be managed in the coming years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a series of scoping sessions to gather public comment on how herds are managed in Game Management Units 53 and 63 for deer and GMUs 53, 54 and 63 for elk.
A dozen members of the Black Canyon Audubon Society toured a 42-acre conservation easement owned by Kevin and Jackie Parks last weekend. In the early morning hours the birders, biologists and conservationists passed through pristine wetlands teeming with wildlife, observed nesting great blue herons, and identified some 30 individual bird species, among them the belted kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, purple martin and western wood-pewee.
Cedaredge has an urban wildlife population of deer that roam the streets and yards and which many residents are very fond of.
But there are downsides to humans and wildlife living in too close proximity. By becoming residents of town, the local deer population is exposing itself to hazards.
Because of the severe winter in the Gunnison Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put a special regulation in place that prohibits shed antler collecting until May 15. Under established regulations, collecting is usually allowed to start on March 15.
Snow, cold, wind, a lack of food -- those are just some of the difficult conditions that Colorado's wildlife face during the winter. People may also cause problems for wild critters and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks residents to avoid disturbing wildlife during the cold-weather months.
Some 800 homeowners who live in the Cedaredge Fire Protection District's urban/wildland interface area can now access an individual web page with wildfire risk information about their own properties, organizers of a new program say.
The program is intended to provide information on how to deal with issues of wildland fire before they occur.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that it found a deer that was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease just east of the city of Montrose in Game Management Unit 65.
The deer, found last spring, died on private property.
In order to better track the population trends of mule deer and desert bighorn sheep in and around the Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting helicopter flights and trapping in the area starting as early as Dec. 1.The flights aid biologists in surveying big-game herds, and allow efficient trapping and radio-collaring of animals.
Wildlife officers from the Grand Junction area have completed their investigation of the reported bear attack and mauling on the Grand Mesa Saturday evening, concluding that the injuries to the individual were not caused by a bear.
On April 24, a badger den near Bayfield was destroyed by gas well drilling. At the end of the day, district wildlife manager Stephanie Schuler arrived at the site to pick up the one out of the den, and then she reached way into the den and retrieved the remaining two.
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