Posted on June 25, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wildlife managers say they will try to trap and kill the bear
FRISCO — Camping restrictions are in place at a Colorado campground after a bear bit a man inside a tent. The Dearhamer Campground, southeast of Glenwood Springs at Ruedi Reservoir, has been temporarily restricted to hard-sided campers.
The man, who was sleeping in the tent with his wife and one-year-old child, said they woke up about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when his wife heard scratching, then saw paws on their air mattress.
At the same moment, the man said he felt a bite on his left forearm, but was able to shake the animal off by hitting it with his free arm. He said the animal ran away, jumping over the tent in the process.
After the incident, the man drove himself to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where he was treated and released for two puncture wounds on his left forearm. Continue reading
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Posted on June 23, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wildlife advocates say proposed hunt on Prince of Wales Island is unsustainable
FRISCO — A rare breed of wolves living on coastal islands in southeast Alaska is under the gun more than ever before, according to wildlife advocates who are protesting a state plan to allow hunting and trapping of an Alexander Archipelago wolf population on Prince of Wales Island.
The hunt is being permitted even though scientific data shows a 60 percent decline in the population in just one year. Based on the report, wolf advocates say there may only be about 50 wolves remaining on the island. Continue reading
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Posted on June 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
GOP continues wolf persecution. Photo via USFWS.
Latest budget amendment would overturn federal court rulings that reinstated protection for wolves
FRISCO — For the second time in five years, anti-environmental Republicans in Congress are trying to make an end run around the Endangered Species Act by stripping federal protection for gray wolves in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes states.
The amendment to a spending bill for the Interior Department is similar to a measure passed in 2011, when Congress removed protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana — the first time that Congress legislatively removed protections for a species. Since the 2011 rider passed, more than 1,900 wolves have been killed in the two states. Continue reading
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Posted on June 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
This is an American bison in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but wildlife advocates in Europe are in the midst of an ambitious program to restore native European bison.
European rewilding movement gaining ground
FRISCO — It’s hard enough to maintain native species in places like the wide-open spaces of the American West.
Imagine the challenges on a crowded continent like Europe with a much greater population density. Nevertheless, conservation biologists are making progress, finding nooks and crannies across Europe to restore native wildlife, including bison.
In late May, the nonprofit group Rewilding Europe, in partnership with WWF-Romania, said it will release a small herd of bison into the southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania — the first of the species to roam the region freely in more than 200 years. Continue reading
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Posted on May 30, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Without continued federal protection, wolves may never return to the southern Rockies
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Federal biologists have confirmed by DNA analysis that the animal killed by a coyote hunter near Kremmling last month was an endangered gray wolf.
The hunter notified state wildlife managers immediately, claiming that he though the animal was a coyote. The incident is being investigated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the USFWS.
Check out the discussion thread on this the Colorado Mule Deer Association’s Facebook page to get a sense of peoples’ attitudes about wolves in Colorado. Continue reading
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Posted on May 6, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Slew of bills aimed at undermining protection for plants and animals threatened with extinction
A rare lynx kitten in Colorado protected by the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
FRISCO — GOP lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are apparently intent on undoing the Endangered Species Act without directly attacking the widely supported law that helps protect plants and animals from extinction.
This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is holding hearings on eight GOP bills, including one that would end federal protection for more than 800 endangered animals and plants around the country, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Continue reading
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Posted on May 2, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Rocky Mountain eyecandy
A herd of elk tests a fence line in the Williams Fork Range.
Spring storm clearing over the Gore Range.
Evening light in the Rocky Mountains.
Bristlecones after a hailstorm.
Hey there, marmot!
FRISCO —A quick Saturday set from the vault featuring some Rocky Mountain wildlife, mountain panoramas and forests, including an exceedingly friendly and curious marmot that absolutely wanted to pose for the camera. The first three shots were all taken in Summit County along Ute Pass Road; the bristlecones and the marmot were photographed last summer along Mt. Evans road, just on the other side of the Continental Divide. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed
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