Wildlife

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Six bighorns captured and tagged with GPS collars

Six wild bighorn sheep were captured and fitted with GPS tracking collars last week as wildlife researchers seek to better understand the elusive animal’s movements around the southern San Juan...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs – by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones – could be the next big thing to help a spunky...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & world

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Conflicts between bears and humans likely to increase

Bear-resistant garbage cans changed where bears scavenged for food in Durango over four years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife gave out 1,100 bear-resistant cans in 2013 to households in two areas of...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Ambassador wolves to visit Purgatory

Several ambassador wolves from Wolfwood Refuge will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the plaza at Purgatory Resort. An educational talk will be offered at 12:30 p.m. The event is...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Decision on future of sheep grazing pushed back

The U.S. Forest Service has delayed its expected winter announcement on the future of domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, and now expects a decision “in the next few months.” In...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Silverton man encounters lynx on Molas Pass

Silverton resident Dave Fiddler has been driving between Silverton and Durango for 26 years, but unlike other commuters, he never sees anything interesting – a car crash, scenic wildlife or an...

DATE: March 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Conditions improve for Spring Creek Basin mustangs

A new water catchment system and birth-control dart program have stabilized the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd in Disappointment Valley. Today, a manageable 62 wild mustangs roam the...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Miller Middle School mountain lion and cub caught, relocated

Wildlife officials have captured a mountain lion suspected of killing deer at Miller Middle School in Durango. The mountain lion was caught Saturday and her cub was captured Friday night, said Joe...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Violations of bear-safe trash-can ordinance drop in 2016

The city of Boulder last year issued 885 citations for violations to its bear-safe trash law, resulting in more than $250,000 in fines. So, how does Durango compare? In 2016, the city of Durango...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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States argue for more say over endangered species

DENVER – The federal government asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn an order that bars the release of endangered wolves in New Mexico without the state’s permission, a skirmish in a...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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Wildlife autopsy reveals cause of death for Purgatory lynx

A lynx found dead this month at Purgatory Resort died of natural causes, wildlife officials confirmed Wednesday. A necropsy of the animal found a tumor in his throat that prevented him from...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Wildlife panel considers pet sloths, kangaroos for Coloradans

The future of two-toed sloth and eastern gray kangaroo pet ownership hangs in the balance for Colorado residents, as the state Parks and Wildlife Commission decided this week to make a final ruling...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news