Wildlife

Odds of seeing an albino raccoon? Higher than average, apparently, in La Plata County

Turns out albino raccoon sightings may not be so rare – at least around La Plata County. Earlier this week, The Durango Herald published a story about a family coming across the supposedly evasive...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango family finds rare animal: An albino raccoon

The chances of being struck by lightning? 1 in 280,000. The chances of spotting an albino raccoon? 1 in 750,000. Yet, last week, a La Plata County family found a rare albino raccoon, albeit dead,...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pleasant View residents concerned about elk management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has agreed to meet with Pleasant View landowners regarding wildlife-damaged fence issues and other concerns. The situation came to the forefront after landowner Debbie...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Researchers identify West’s wildlife that can cope with climate change

Species adapt to long-term, predictable stressors through natural selection: They evolve. For example, desert bighorn sheep living in the Sonoran Desert have developed the ability to store water...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Can deer pass chronic wasting disease to humans?

DENVER (AP) – Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there’s a slight possibility, it doesn’t bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango City Council extends higher fines for bear-strewn trash

A few bears wandering Durango this winter prompted Durango City Council to extend an emergency ordinance aimed at encouraging residents to secure their trash. Councilors unanimously approved the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials receptive to reversing paragliding ban on Smelter Mountain

The prospect of paragliders being allowed to once again launch from Smelter Mountain cleared a major hurdle Thursday, but that doesn’t mean glider pilots will be taking to the skies above Durango...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman protects horned owl habitat in her backyard

If you live on the grid in downtown Durango, it’s likely you’ve heard the late-night hooting of an owl off in the distance. And thanks to one Durango resident, those bird calls might be here to...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces new purchasing system

Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to move to a new purchasing system Jan. 1 that will serve as a one-stop shop for all CPW products. During the changeover, customers will not be able to make...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Researcher aims to stall deadly symptoms of rattlesnake bite

TUCSON, Ariz. – As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Desert bighorn management in Dolores River Canyon reviewed

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public comment about a new management plan for desert bighorn sheep in the lower Dolores River Canyon. About 175 desert bighorns inhabit the Dolores River...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest seeks comments on Boggy Draw trail plan

The Dolores Ranger District is accepting public comments on a preliminary environmental assessment for the Boggy Draw Trails expansion project. The project would add about 25 miles of non-motorized...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life