Black-footed ferrets have "a lot of hair, big bad teeth and a bad-boy attitude," says Kimberly Fraser. She and other federal wildlife officials are re-introducing the rare creatures to the prairie in a suburb of Denver.

"They're a native species. They belong here," says Fraser, an outreach specialist with a program to re-introduce the ferrets in 12 states from Montana to Texas.

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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.  

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The trees are starting to turn and the mornings are getting colder.  Fall is here, and that means increased animal activity. 

Colorado's South Platte River basin is a powerhouse for crops and cattle. Massive reservoirs quench the region's thirst, with farm fields generally first in line. Wildlife? It's often last.

A small win-win though is giving waterfowl a little more room at the watering hole. It's a program that creates warm winter ponds for migrating ducks — then gives the water back, in time for summer crops.

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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."

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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. 

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service has announced a new plan to protect the greater sage grouse from extinction, while hoping to prevent the bird from being added to the endangered species list.

The sage grouse population has dropped from 16 million birds to less than half a million, mainly due to lost sagebrush habitat. The bird's range spans 11 western states including Colorado.

"As land managers of two-thirds of greater sage grouse habitat, we have a responsibility to take action that ensures a bright future for wildlife and a thriving western economy," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the announcement in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Fans of Boulder County's osprey nest cam saw a bit of drama last season.

Two females and a male were living in the nest, when a third female arrived and kicked the original female out. Observers said she bonded with the male.

"People called it ... the 'home-wrecker osprey,' " says Nik Brockman, Boulder County's web specialist.

A badly abused Peruvian bear named Cholita is coming to a sanctuary in Colorado. Animal Defenders International announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expedited the request and she will be on her way next month.

In Peru, a beleaguered bear is looking for a new home.

And the former circus animal is getting high-profile help from Michael Bond, the British author of the well-loved children's books about Paddington bear.

The tale of Cholita, an Andean spectacled bear like the fictional Paddington, is less the stuff of children's books and more of horror films.

If you want a sobering look at the scale of wildlife trafficking, just visit the National Wildlife Property Repository on the outskirts of Denver. In the middle of a national refuge is a cavernous warehouse stuffed with the remains of 1.5 million animals, whole and in parts.

They range from taxidermied polar bears to tiny sea horses turned into key chains. An area devoted to elephants is framed by a pair of enormous tusks.

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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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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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  • Energy Companies Concerned about New Wildlife Habitat Regulations
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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  • Man fined for harming collared lizard at Colorado National Monument
  • Delta County imposes stage one fire restrictions
  • Wildfire Update
  • Wildfire reduction grants available
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission to hold public forum in Grand Junction on Thursday


  • Female bear tracked and killed up Terror Creek after killing chickens
  • Mesa County approves natural gas processing plant west of DeBeque
  • Regna Jones leases Paonia’s Paradise Theatre for another six months
  • Colorado Wildfire Update
  • DMEA looks to broadband


  • State Supreme Court Rules for State in Lobato Lawsuit
  • Western Slope Mines must Clean-Up
  • Oxbow Mine Still Dealing with Spontaneous Combustion
  • San Diego Meeting To Focus on Colorado River Shortages
  • Plans for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Ilium Valley
  • Colorado Moose Increasing as Herds Decline Elsewhere


  • DMEA candidates face off in Montrose forum
  • Oil and gas industry says restrictions would make drilling “uncompetitive” in White River National Forest
  • Study shows birds suffer from proximity to humans
  • State Corrections Department asks judges to review sentences


  • Environment Foundation gives $50,000 to protect Thompson Divide from drilling
  • Parks & Wildlife increasing bear hunting licenses in response to dangerously high numbers of black bears in the state
  • Delta Historical Society offers tribute to two unique sisters
  • Feds, Utah agree on health plan
  • iSeeChange: history unfolds with the story of twin orchardists in the North Fork


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  • Greeley Town Council okays 16 gas wells despite opposition from citizens
  • Colorado third-graders score poorly on reading tests
  • Bears wake up, wander into Telluride
  • DMEA candidate frum Wed May 15


  • Renewable Energy bills for rural electrical associations awaits governor’s signature
  • Small plane crash-lands on Highway 50 in North Delta
  • Williams cited for leak by state
  • NASA and CU invite you to send your name to Mars (find web link below)
  • Migratory Bird Day is May 11 (find web link below)
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  • Judge rules against industry trade group in local suit against BLM
  • Stricter reporting of gas and oil spills clears committee
  • Williams says failed pressure gauge is the source of Parachute leak
  • Half of state’s sheriffs consider legal challenge to gun restrictions
  • Why are the deer in your yard? They may be starving.
  • Delta County athletes keep records falling; double-header doubles as fundraiser


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  • ATV Activists Protest To Maintain Access To Public Lands
  • Legal Pot Sales Bummed Out By Fed Banking Regs
  • State Senate Clears Five Gun Bills
  • Sanhill Cranes In Delta County Find New Staging Area


  • Colorado's Legislature to Define Driving While High
  • Mesa County Schools' Security Work Group Wants Guns In Schools
  • Sandhill Cranes Begin Their Annual Migration
  • Big Game Hunting License Seminar Coming Next Month
  • Statewide Coalition Delivers Anti-Fracking Petition to Governor and Legislature


  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Control Debate Gets Weird
  • BLM May Allow Bypass Of Oil Shale Development Procedures
  • Bears In-Town Forays Higher Than Ever Last Year
  • iSeeChange Update: Biking Season on Jumbo Mountain Extended
  • Paonia Wrestlers Win Second State Title in a Row, Fourth Overall


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  • Regs Protect Wildlife During Antler Collection
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