Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Bull elk charges, knocks down woman near Rocky Mountain National Park [video]

Wildlife officials in Colorado are warning people to keep their distance from elk during their mating season after a bull charged people, knocked a woman down and repeatedly butted her with its antlers. Video shows the elk running toward people Thursday near the visitor center in Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park. The woman escaped after public works employee Brian…

Colorado county opposes reintroduction of wolves

The Mesa County (Colo.) Commission has urged the federal government in a resolution to follow the recommendations of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, which opposes reintroduction of the gray wolf to Colorado, according to a recent story in The Daily Sentinel. “These animals are killers,” Commissioner Scott McInnis said in the story. “They have no place in this state.” According to the story,…

Colorado study: Hunger trumps fear for mountain lions near homes

Doug Dufford, wildlife disease and invasive species program manager at the Illinois DNR, says there’s “a good possibility that we will see more cougar sightings going forward.”FRISCO, Colo. — A study by a Colorado university found that although mountain lions normally avoid human contact, they are willing to push past their fear when they are hungry. The Colorado State University…

Colorado Springs urged to consider urban deer hunting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs councilmembers are being urged to consider allowing hunting within city limits to combat high populations of deer. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have met with city leaders to discuss the issue. The state officials say the hunt could decrease crashes and garden conflicts. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that one solution discussed is an urban-hunting program like…

Dog hunts for poachers, endangered species in Colorado

Dog trained to sniff out scents of 11 commonly hunted species including moose, deer, waterfowl and pronghorn. This skill will help McArdle and other officers find evidence and traces of illegally killed animals during poaching investigations. This particular dog, too, is trained to smell the black-footed ferret and the boreal toad, which are species of concern in Colorado.