Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that the state will prioritize connecting and building 16 hiking and biking trails in all parts of Colorado. The goal is to connect and build missing trail segments to make it easier for people to access open space and parks.

It's part of the governor's Colorado the Beautiful initiative, unveiled in 2015.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016

  • Missing snowmobilers found in Garfield County
  • Amazon to start charging sales tax in Colorado
  • CPW event will demo ice fishing at Crawford State Park
  • New study shows lethal hazards of diesel fumes
  • A roundtable discussion of this year’s state politics  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Jan 15, 2016

  • Two men sentenced to prison for killing motorcyclist
  • Construction hits milestone for new Montrose Rec. Center
  • Montrose School District budget woes not as bad as expected
  • CPW votes against introducing  endangered wolves in Colorado
  • Roadless Rule comment period ends

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 05, 2016

Jan 5, 2016

  • Recreational marijuana may be on Hotchkiss ballot
  • State minimum wage goes up 8 cents an hour
  • State wildlife officials are asking people not to feed big game animals
  • Presidential race may push state issues to back burner
  • Avalanche danger remains after snowfall stops


KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 1, 2015

Jan 1, 2016

  • Search and rescue operation ends well in San Miguel County
  • A conversation with House Republican leader about Colorado’s next legislative session
  • Parks and Wildlife offer guided hikes on New Year’s Day
  • Poll shows Republican support for fighting climate change

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Dec 1, 2015

  • Ariel big game survey about to begin
  • Paonia Eagles lose state championship in close matchup
  • Road closures begin on BLM land
  • Environmental groups request denial of coal projects
  • Colorado tourism officials give out grant money to bring in visitors
  • Authorities release information about Colorado Springs victims

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

  • Colorado opens up parks on black Friday
  • San Miguel County Sheriff refuses to sign petition
  • States grapple with ramifications of Clean Power Plan

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015

  • Police sting leads to arrests for child prostitution
  • Second theft causes construction delays
  • Parks and Wildlife brings information to local libraries
  • Chicken lawsuit highlights problems with lack of zoning laws
  • New rules for oil and gas considered
  • Major break cuts off water service in Paonia
Lake Fork Valley Conservancy, Hemson Creek, Lake City
Lake Fork Valley Conservancy

A Hinsdale County nonprofit recently received a sizable state grant to help it with a public access easement along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy $33,000.

  • Man killed by train in Clifton 
  • Paonia Board of Trustees approves fee increases 
  • Colorado’s latest revenue forecast shows state still faces budget challenges
  • EPA discusses proposed methane rules at Denver meeting
  • State awards Lake City nonprofit $33K for river restoration project
black bear
U.S. Forest Service

State wildlife officials have concluded that a bear didn’t attack and maul a hunter over the weekend on the Grand Mesa. 

On Saturday, a man in his late 60s reported he was attacked by a bear. He told Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials he was parked on his ATV near Powderhorn Ski Resort when a bear attacked him causing him to drive over a small cliff into rocks below. CPW says the episode left him  with extensive but non-life threatening injuries.  

Rare Sight: Moose In Grand Junction

Sep 21, 2015
bull moose
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Grand Valley had an unusual visitor last week. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received calls about a moose in Grand Junction near Orchard Mesa. 

"As curious as that may sound it turned out to be true," said JT Romatzke, the area wildlife manager. "We did respond and did indeed find a young bull moose in the Grand Valley."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Sep 11, 2015

  • State board of education approves new high school graduation requirements
  • Paonia Trustees address the town’s financial state
  • State wildlife agency monitoring threatened lynx with game cameras

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Aug 19, 2015


  • City of Montrose to create dispatch center
  • CPW seeing increased bear activity
  • Educators address school readiness at state capitol
  • A look at the Telluride Mushroom Festival

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, August 17, 2015

Aug 17, 2015

  • Livestock disease spreads across Western Slope
  • Water storage tank in Paonia requires more repairs
  • Lake City hires new town clerk
  • CPW releases first draft of strategic plan
  • An iSeeChange story looking into the mystery of dying finches

Event Celebrates Grand Mesa’s Moose Population

Jul 24, 2015
bull moose
Kent Miller / NPS

The moose population on the Grand Mesa is growing. The area is home to more than 400 of the large animals. This Saturday, July 25 is the sixth annual Grand Mesa Moose Day event. 

Kids Connect To Nature Through 'Hands-On' Science Camp

Jul 21, 2015
students, nature
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In science class students learn about the world around them. However, getting kids to make a connection to nature without them experiencing it firsthand is a challenge. That’s why a Western Slope school district in partnership with a state wildlife agency is taking middle school students to the woods. 

Stacy Lischka, a scientist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is surrounded by 15 sixth-graders in a forest on the Grand Mesa. 

She's leading them in lesson on stream ecology. The students are looking for macroinvertebrates, animals without a backbone, in Mesa Creek. 

Rainbow Trout On The Rebound In Colorado

Jun 12, 2015
rainbow trout
Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

State wildlife officials say rainbow trout populations in Colorado are finally on the rebound after they were hard hit by whirling disease in the 1990's. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Eric Fetherman, an aquatic research scientist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to learn more about the recovery of the fish. 

cameo, grand valley
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. The program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope. 

Roger Granat is the 73-year-old mayor of Palisade. He grew up there. And as a boy, he would often visit the neighboring community of Cameo. 

"The general store and the post office sat over here on our right," Granat said on a recent visit to the old town site.  

Bill Calls For Study Of Colorado's Bears

Apr 2, 2015
black bear
U.S. Forest Service

A bill that calls for the state to study black bears advanced at the capitol Wednesday.  

H.B. 1304 instructs Colorado Parks and Wildlife to study the management of black bears in the state. They are they only known species of bear still found in Colorado. 

Republican Representative Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction is co-sponsoring the measure.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 27, 2015

Mar 27, 2015


  • Bullying addressed in schools through Shakespeare
  • Police reforms making their way through Colorado congress
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrapping up comment period
  • Large marijuana trafficking operation shut down in Denver

Jake Ryan / KVNF

Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park.   It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts.  One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.

The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.

“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.

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

Laura Palmisano

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

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).

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.

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.

mountain lion
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.

Deer Populations Continue To Decline

Jul 14, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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.