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How to Behave Around Wildlife
As more people enjoy the variety of outdoor recreation Colorado has to offer, the likelihood of encounters with wild animals is also increasing. In addition, because some areas of Colorado have received significant snowfall this season, wildlife officials warn that more animals will begin traveling on groomed trails, increasing the possibility of close encounters.
Watching wildlife in a responsible manner can lead to an exciting and memorable experience; however, approaching, harassing or feeding wild animals, or allowing your dogs to chase them, can lead to significant, negative consequences for you, your dog and the animals.
Remember these tips that can help prevent a serious conflict with wildlife.
1. Watch wildlife from a distance
Most elk, deer and other wild animals will run away from people and dogs, but moose will hold their ground and cannot be ‘shooed’ away. Because they will charge if threatened, always give moose a wide berth. In addition, big game animals are struggling to survive during wintertime. Any unnecessary activity can lead to burning crucial fat stores at a time when forage is scarce. This can lead to an increase in mortality from starvation, including the deaths of unborn calves and fawns. Watch them from a distance with binoculars, a camera lens or a spotting scope.
2. Be an ethical snowmobiler
Snowmobiling is a popular and fun way to enjoy the backcountry; however, in addition to a flurry of reports received by local wildlife officials, several clips posted on video sharing websites showing snowmobilers encountering moose along snow-packed trails has prompted concern and warnings from officials to keep away from the large animals.
In addition to the possibility of being injured by an angry moose, anyone that chases wildlife on a snowmobile will be fined. If you encounter a wild animal while snowmobiling, stop immediately, keep your distance and let the animals move away on their own. If it’s a moose you see on the trail, remember that they do not fear humans and cannot be forced to move along. Wait for it to wander off or seek an alternate route.
3. Keep dogs on a short leash or keep them at home
CPW officials say that dogs are often the common factor in wildlife related conflicts, with moose being a primary concern. Dogs off-leash will typically approach the large animals, causing the threatened moose to charge and injure not only the dog, but the dog’s owner as well. Because of the serious injuries and stress dogs can cause, Colorado peace officers are authorized to use whatever force is necessary to stop them from harassing, injuring or killing any wild animal.
4. Avoid being responsible for the death of a wild animal
If you act irresponsibly and are injured by a wild animal, keep in mind that officials often make the difficult decision to destroy an animal that has injured a person, regardless of the circumstances. Acting in a way that leads to the death of an animal that was only defending itself or its young from you or your dog can lead to significant remorse, harsh backlash from the public and a day in court.
5. Remind your friends and neighbors
Try to have helpful discussions with people you know about being responsible around wildlife. Advice from a trusted friend or family member is often the most effective way to educate the public about the do’s and don’ts of recreating responsibly in areas where encounters with wild animals are likely.
6. Report unethical and illegal activity to officials immediately
Colorado Parks and Wildlife relies on the public’s help. If you see wildlife being injured by dogs or harassed by any means, contact your nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, Colorado State Patrol or. if you prefer to remain anonymous, call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. A reward may be offered if the report leads to a citation.
Colorado Hunters Warned of Flood Damage
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are reminding hunters to do their homework in advance of the 2014-15 hunting season. Due to the September 2013 flood, many areas of the forest in the northeast region of the state will look different than in past seasons and hunters will need to plan and scout to maximize access.
The flood area impacts six Game Management Units in the northeast region: 8, 19, and 20, portions of 29, 38, and 191.
“CPW and the Forest Service are both committed to the safety of recreationists on the forest, including hunters and anglers,” said Steve Yamashita, CPW northeast regional manager. “We ask that everyone expecting to access these areas use due diligence by checking the flood info regularly for updates, checking in with local CPW offices, and if possible, scouting your hunting area before your season begins.”
Initial assessments indicate the September 2013 Flood damaged at least 382 miles of road, 236 miles of trail, 4 bridges and 42 facilities and many natural resources on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP). The most heavily impacted areas were on approximately 230,000 acres of the Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts on the Roosevelt National Forest.
The landscape has changed in many areas. In some locations soil has washed away to bedrock. Multiple roads and trails are severely damaged and in some cases rivers and streams have changed course and now cover the former road or trail locations. Debris flows and debris dams are distributed across the landscape and in rivers and creeks.
“The Forest Service is continuing to assess damage, with the expectation that more damage is possible from spring run-off,” Lori Bell, ARP Flood Recovery Team Lead, said. “We have begun prioritizing repair work, considering health and safety, wildlife habitat and ecosystem health, public service, and how best to leveraging of funds. Despite changes in the Forest landscape, hunting opportunities remain available to those willing to explore.”
The damage will take years to repair, rehabilitate, or stabilize. In some cases infrastructure or facilities may be decommissioned. Navigating areas will be different than pre-flood conditions and in many cases landmarks are unrecognizable. Annual runoff and snowmelt is expected to result in additional damage over the next one to three years.
It is unlikely that all areas, roads and recreation opportunities will be returned to pre-flood conditions. Learn more about the flood and impacts to hunting.
In high school sports over the weekend:
Meeker fell to Rangely in 2 games 10-4 and 8-7
Moffat County Grand Valley double header.
Steamboat Eagle Valley double header.
In girls soccer:
Rangely lost to Grand Valley 11-0
Moffat County Vail Mountain.
Steamboat fell to Grand Junction 7-2.
In boys lacrosse: