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Colorado should go nice and slow on gray wolf reintroduction, panel says

By James Anderson, The Associated Press  Some wildlife advocates are urging Colorado officials to streamline planning for reintroducing the gray wolf, arguing the launch of an overly bureaucratic process will frustrate the intent of voters who approved reintroduction by the end of 2023. But the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, which must approve a plan, […]

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Denver Zoo struggles during coronavirus to feed its hungry animals

By David Zalubowski, The Associated Press Katrina Eschweiler has 3,000 hungry diners to satisfy every day of the year, an enviable client base for any eatery in these turbulent times. But they’re not your usual clientele. They’re the year-round inhabitants of the Denver Zoo, and feeding more than 450 species is a painstaking, serious business. […]

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At risk of extinction, black-footed ferrets in Colorado get experimental COVID vaccine

By JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species. About 120 black-footed ferrets, among the most endangered mammals in North America, were injected with an experimental COVID vaccine aimed […]

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Trump administration plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

By Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to formally publish what […]

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins planning for wolf reintroduction

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Colorado’s wildlife agency said Thursday it considers a ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state to have passed after a group that opposes the initiative conceded the race and the agency consulted with the office of Gov. Jared Polis. An announcement by Colorado Parks and Wildlife that it […]

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Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of U.S.

By Matthew Brown, John Flesher and Jim Mone, The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days […]

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Trump administration: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine found in Colorado

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. Details on the decision were obtained by The Associated Press in advance of an announcement Thursday. A federal […]

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It’s not just your imagination: Miller moth population has increased in Colorado, study say

COLORADO SPRINGS — Experts have reported an abundant supply of miller moths in Colorado that could continue for the next few weeks, reversing a four-year trend of below-average population numbers. Colorado State University entomologists Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs released a study attributing the increase in sightings to the lack of moisture in Colorado and […]