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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.

Attacks on cattle and dogs by wolves that migrated into northwest Colorado from Wyoming have stoked a rancher-wolf controversy sooner than expected.

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An attempt to ban mountain lion hunting in Colorado thrills animal activists, troubles hunters

As hunters flood lawmakers with emails protesting the proposed ban on mountain lion hunting, Sen. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, pulled her name from the measure, Senate Bill 31

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Colorado wildlife officials just legalized hazing wolves. It came too late for a cowboy whose dog was killed.

Ranchers can now use rubber bullets, other methods against problem wolves, ahead of planned reintroduction to the Western Slope


Golden eagle lovers fear a new Loveland bike path will scare off the Colorado treasure

A rare tree-nesting pair of the big raptors has captivated observers for years. Now city open space managers say they can pour concrete closer than the state recommends.


The wolves are coming. Can Coloradans meet them on common ground?

Jackson County rancher who reported the first wolf kill in more than 70 years says he’s skeptical, but willing to try.


A Colorado family tried to save their cattle ranch by betting big on rare birds. It’s paying off.

From getting the folks at Audubon to certify the ranch as bird-friendly, to selling carbon sequestration credits for the tall grass, the May Ranch near Lamar is modernizing stewardship.


Colorado voters typically reject tax hikes. There’s an exception when it comes to funding parks and trails.

Open space advocates hope the recent support for protection of outdoor spaces is not a pandemic blip but a border-to-border commitment to conservation.


Colorado releases more endangered ferrets into prairie dog holes and hopes for the best

Restoring stable black-footed ferret communities on the Eastern Plains has been a goal since they came back from extinction in the 1980s. Sometimes critters are reluctant to make a change.


A caring high school principal or a criminal? A situation in Salida may have national implications.

The response to a student’s suicidal threat in September has opened a rift between police and Salida Public Schools, highlighting broader questions about the role of law enforcement in K-12 education

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A Pueblo West man found North America’s rarest mammal — in his garage

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife conservationist said it was “extremely rare” for a black-footed ferret, a shy and nocturnal species, to seek shelter in a garage.


Colorado gets a 43rd state park under first-in-the-nation deal with the Forest Service

Several owners have eyed development of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake parcel in the last 30 years, but the Garfield County oasis is now the second new state park in the last two years


Rivian electric vehicle chargers are not coming to Colorado parks anytime soon

The EV maker had pledged to start installing public chargers at every state park starting in July, at no cost to government, but officials haven’t finished an agreement yet.


Trout (and anglers) love Colorado’s Dream Stream — and transported trees could keep it thriving

This stretch of the South Platte and its world-class fishing have been damaged by floods, but borrowed root wads and other material could repair and protect it for years to come


Xcel Energy may fill the hole left by closing its Hayden coal-fired power plant with salt. And fish.

The utility’s plan to generate electricity using molten salt could serve as a template for other towns facing the end of the age of coal.


It wasn’t just I-70 that suffered after Glenwood Canyon slides. The Colorado River took a blow, too.

Wildlife crews and water quality experts struggle to even assess the damage, as emergency management officials warn of threats to the western lifeline for years to come.


Opinion: If you love Colorado’s wildlife, do not feed it

It’s dangerous, unhealthy, and illegal

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With food scarce, Aspen braces for possible bear invasion later this summer

There have been 78 bear-related calls to Aspen Police so far this summer, including a case where a bruin ripped open a window and entered a house.


Drought-caused Colorado River fishing restrictions lifted, but it may be a temporary reprieve

Wildfire smoke has help deflect solar radiation and kept the river relatively cool. But aquatic biologists warn hot weather, low water levels and sediment in the river could combine to starve trout of oxygen and future bans.


How water rights work in Colorado — and why severe drought makes them work differently

Parched residents’ questions answered, from how much water the Front Range takes from the Western Slope, to how a power dam near Glenwood Springs saves Colorado River fishies


Wolf reintroduction happened so fast in Montana and Idaho, the states are expanding hunting. Here’s what Colorado can learn.

In Montana and Idaho, state officials are pushing to decrease the wolf population through expanded hunting seasons, night hunting and snare traps.

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