Massive ranch northeast of Durango to be protected from development

A more than 700-acre property northeast of Durango has been placed in a conservation easement, seen as a huge win for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but also the city of Durango’s drinking...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pair of bald eagles buck migration trend, calling Durango home

An effort to track eagle movements in Southwest Colorado, spearheaded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has given new insight into just how far the iconic birds migrate across the continent. “We...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials seek person who illegally shot deer through the nose

A deer found with an arrow through its nose in Durango required rescue after it was illegally shot. “This has nothing to do with hunting,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought causing issues for Durango’s fish hatchery

Prolonged drought in Southwest Colorado is now affecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango. Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for CPW, said the Durango Fish Hatchery, along the banks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife rescues orphaned cub north of Durango

An orphaned baby bear was rescued this week north of Durango, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said in an email to The Durango Herald that a female cub was...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why did bears stay away from populated areas this year in Southwest Colorado?

With all the attention on this year’s highly contentious election and the onslaught of news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, one issue that usually takes the spotlight in Southwest Colorado went...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual Durango bird count tallies record number of species

Avid bird watchers in La Plata County spotted a record number of species this year based on record-keeping that goes back more than 70 years. Every December since 1949, volunteers for the National...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bad actors prompt road closure, increased security on Smelter Mountain

Vandalism, illegal off-roading, dumping trash, cutting down live trees – all of these damaging actions have forced increased security and closure measures on the road going up Smelter Mountain....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife crossings coming to U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango

Both a wildlife overpass and an underpass will be built next year on U.S. Highway 160 near Chimney Rock to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions. The $11.1 million project was largely...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wandering mountain lion tracked 558 miles to Mesa Verde National Park

A roaming young mountain lion has arrived at Mesa Verde National Park after traveling 558 miles from central New Mexico, according to wildlife officials. The young male was fitted with a GPS collar...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final approval of Rico trail plan pending

The Rico Trails Project has gained preliminary approval from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The draft decision and document that found no significant environmental...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter wildlife closures around Durango take effect Dec. 1

It may still be nice outside to go out for a hike, but Colorado wildlife officials are reminding trail users that closures in certain areas take effect Tuesday to protect critical winter range for...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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