Tag Archives: wildlife

Seasonal Closures In Effect On Emerald Mountain

emerald-mountain-300Certain trails in the Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area near Steamboat have been closed for the season by the Bureau of Land Management. Certain Emerald Mountain trails are closed seasonally to avoid disturbing area wildlife. All areas south of Ridge Trail, including Continue reading

Reservations Now Required To Camp At Elkhead

ELK-HEAD-MAIN-SIGNBeginning next year campers will need to make reservations to use the Bears Ears Campground near Elkhead Reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is updating the campground from a “first come, first served”, to a “registration system”. The changes will go into effect May 19th, and campers will need to reserve a spot at the campground from that date through September 10th. Campsites can be reserved up to six months in advance. Outside of the reservation window, Continue reading

Free Park Admission Black Friday

colorado parksIf Black Friday shopping is not your thing, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a cheaper less stressful option for black Friday activities. CPW is giving away free admission to all State Parks Friday as part of a new tradition they are calling Fresh Air Friday. The CPW Director says this is an opportunity for Continue reading

Free Park Entrance For Veterans Friday

PARKS AND WILDLIFEAll Veterans and current active military members will receive free admission to all State Parks next Friday for Veterans Day. The military member or veteran will have to provide proof of military service, then they and anyone in their vehicle will be able to enter the park for free. CPW Director Bob Broscheid says that this is just a small gesture of Continue reading

Rule Could Result In Nearly 80,000 Lost Coal Jobs

coalplugHouse Republicans are looking to put a stop to a rule that could cost the U.S. tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton is pushing to add a provision to any possible end of year funding package.  The provision would end or delay the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation’s proposed Stream Protection Rule.  The purpose of the Stream Continue reading

Habitat Improvement Grants Available

colorado parksColorado parks and wildlife is accepting applications for Habitat Improvement Grants through their Habitat Partnership Program. $500,000 in funds is currently available for large scale habitat projects in the state. The program is intended to reduce big game damage to forage and fences, so proposals should focus on reducing conflicts between big game Continue reading

CPW Worried As Youth Participation Falls

colorado parksColorado Parks and Wildlife officials are worried that they won’t be able to keep up with their conservation efforts, especially because the younger generation isn’t as interested in hunting and fishing as those currently involved in those activities. The department says their budget has been slashed by $40 million since 2009. The falling funds are Continue reading

Trophy Elk Found Dead Near Rangely

operation-game-thiefColorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for help in finding the person responsible for killing a trophy quality bull elk who may have abandoned the animal, leaving the meat to waste. The elk was discovered in Game Management Unit 1 northwest of Rangely earlier this month. It’s possible the elk was shot legally but then was not located by the hunter. Hunters are responsible for making a reasonable attempt to track Continue reading

Applications Due Monday For Big Game Hunts

PARKS AND WILDLIFEApplications are due Monday for big game hunts that are being offered this season on the Collins Mountain Ranch near Meeker.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering five hunts for individuals who drew a limited deer or elk license for Game Management Unit 23, for this year’s big game hunting season.  The Collins Mountain Ranch is Continue reading

Go See The Fall Colors Before It’s Too Late

aspens_at_sunset_purgatoryFall is officially here, and this might be the final weekend to enjoy the peak fall colors around Northwest Colorado. The color change is in full swing with yellow aspen trees and a mix of orange and red leaves on display throughout Colorado forests. Fall is also the time to witness one of the unique animal mating rituals Continue reading

Apply For Hunts Near Meeker

hunterThe Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for a limited number of elk and mule deer hunts this fall at the Miller Creek Ranch near Meeker. Nine hunts are available for individuals who drew a limited deer and elk license for Management Unit 23 during this year’s big game season. An additional bull elk hunt is being offered Continue reading

Multiple Factors Affecting Mule Deer

MULE DEERThe Colorado Parks and Wildlife is learning about the complexity of managing the mule deer population after participating in two separate studies.  One recently published in Global Change Biology today, analyzed the correlation between weather, energy development and residential development and the number of young mule deer that survive the winter months in particular areas of Colorado.  The observational study found that as residential development increased, the Continue reading