Colorado Parks and Wildlife

ENVIRONMENT
2:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Colo. Parks & Wildlife Gets $10,000 Donation To Aide Poaching Investigation

An animal protection organization has donated $10,000 for information leading to convictions in two Roaring Fork poaching incidents. 

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ENVIRONMENT
3:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hunting and Fishing Gains Popularity With Women In Colorado, Nationwide

Mary Ann Gaston, 69, lines up with other women to practice archery at a two-day female-only shooting and fishing clinic held outside of Norwood, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Hunting and fishing are male dominated sports, but the number of women participating in these activities is on the rise. 

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ENVIRONMENT
11:56 am
Thu August 14, 2014

There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

These undated photos provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife show the endangered greenback cutthroat trout and the Colorado River cutthroat trout. Federal and state biologists have stocked the wrong fish for more than two decades.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:40 pm

It's been a cutthroat existence for Colorado's state fish.

The rare greenback cutthroat trout, for years on the receiving end of a well-meaning, but taxonomically misguided attempt to save it, now seems to be back on track (though not out of the woods).

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ENVIRONMENT
4:10 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Pika Populations Doing Well In Colorado High Country, Wildlife Officials Say

Colorado Parks and Wildlife research shows pika populations are doing well in mountainous areas in the state.
Credit Sally King / National Parks Service

The American pika is closely related to a rabbit. They are about the size of a guinea pig and are found throughout Colorado's high country and other Western States in mountainous areas.

In the early 2000's pika were being considered for the endangered species list because they are susceptible to climate change, according to wildlife officials. 

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NEWS
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Leftover Colorado Big-Game Hunting Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 5

Leftover big-games licenses for elk and other animals go on sale Aug 5.
Credit flickr.com/captspaulding

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it has plenty of leftover big-game licenses for the 2014 season.

The agency said it has about 6,000 deer, 30,000 elk, 5,000 pronghorn, and 1,800 bear licenses for the fall hunting season. 

Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for Parks and Wildlife, said the deadline to apply for big-game licenses was in April. He said most hunters don’t get their first choice and the agency usually have leftover licenses available for purchase.

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NEWS
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mtn. Lion Struck Near Hotchkiss, Colorado State Patrol Fails To Report It To Parks & Wildlife

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV near Hotchkiss on Sunday. Last week a mountain lion was spotted around town, according to the Hotchkiss Police Department.
Credit National Parks Service

Colorado State Patrol has a failed to report a vehicle hitting a mountain lion near Hotchkiss on Sunday to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV outside of Hotchkiss on Sunday.

Kathy Linnell, a Paonia resident, said she struck the cat on Highway 92.

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ENVIRONMENT
6:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Deer Populations Continue To Decline

Credit Rocky Mountain National Park

Mule Deer populations across Colorado and specifically western Colorado are continuing to decline. 

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NEWS
4:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State agency seeks public input on mule deer decline

A mule deer buck.
Credit Flickr user tuchodi.

Mule deer populations are declining around the West, and Western Colorado is no exception. Now, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hoping to bring a diverse group of people together to brainstorm what to do about it. Randy Hampton is a spokesman for the agency. KVNF's Emily Guerin asked him to explain what's going on with mule deer.

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NEWS
8:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Headlines:

  • Paonia Eagles Win State Championship, 1959 Champions There to Celebrate the Win
  • Hunting Blinds and Decoys Stolen from Escalante State Wildlife Area
  • Winter Forecast Calls For Continued Drought in the Southwest
  • More Native Youth Have PTSD than Recent Combat Vets
NEWS
8:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Headlines

  • Use of Drones for Hunting May Soon Be Illegal in Colorado
  • North Fork Coalition Presents Limited Drilling Plan to County Commissioners
  • FBI Fraud Investigation Could Threaten Grants for GJ Airport
  • Delta Municipal Power Plant Set to Close
  • Case Against Montrose City Councilor Moved to Mesa County
  • Job Growth Likely for Colorado in the Near-Term
  • CP&W Seeking Nominations for Landowner of the Year Award
NEWS
8:42 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Headlines:

  • Republicans Still Outpacing Democrats in Voter Turnout
  • Delta County Clerk on Changes in Voting after New Election Rules
  • Montrose County Schools Embarking on Ambitious IT Upgrades
  • Colorado Farmers Say Proposed Air-Quality Regulations are Too Weak
  • CPW Accepting Public Comments on Management Plans for Mule Deer
  • Independence Pass Closed for Season
  • Free Entrance to National Parks This Weekend
iSeeChange
10:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

iSeeChange: Are Fires a "Rising Threat" for Wildlife?

Credit Randy Hampton/Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Recently on the Almanac, Peter Cullen noticed he hasn't seen many bears in the mountains of New Mexico this year.

Bears are foragers, and Cullen says the lack of piñon, oak and juniper trees caused them to head down to mountain towns looking for thrown-away leftovers.

That got us thinking about our bear populations here in western Colorado.

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Local Newscast
8:58 am
Tue August 27, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Headlines:

  • BLM Announces Five New Members to Southwest Resource Advisory Council
  • Colorado Recall Elections Face New Legal Questions
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Short on Funds
  • Bennet Staff Hosts Farm Bill Listening Session in Paonia
  • Ridgway Approves Revised Regulations on Retail Marijuana
  • State to Receive Full Mineral Lease Revenue Again
  • Was Judge Targeted by White Supremacist Gang?
NEWS
8:15 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Moose Population Healthier Than Ever in Colorado

Colorado's moose population is growing faster than biologists expected. The first transplants of moose into Colorado were in the 1970's
Credit Anda Rojs Smalls

Unlike other Western states, Colorado’s moose population is growing. It’s healthier than ever with an estimated 2300 moose across the state. While other states are grappling with why their herds are shrinking, Colorado is studying the population’s fast growth. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Anda Rojs Smalls has lived in the Aspen area for over a decade. But, it was just recently that she saw a moose.

"My first moose sighting was about two years ago, in the summertime, with my kids up at the Maroon Lake," she says.

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NEWS
5:32 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Black Bear Shot by CO Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a mountain lion ate a colt near Cedaredge last week, and they have shot a bear that killed some 40 chickens near Paonia. When wildlife are a danger to livestock or people, it’s up to the state’s Parks and Wildlife agency to put them down. Last year about 45 wild animals were shot or euthanized in the Muddy Creek area of Delta and Gunnison counties – mostly for predation of sheep.

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