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Colorado: Biologists launch bighorn sheep study

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Bighorn sheep in Colorado. Photo courtesy Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Tracking Aspen-area herds may help conservation efforts

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With bighorn sheep herds in the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness declining due to respiratory disease, Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers want to know if interaction with domestic sheep herds is a factor.

To track the movements of bighorn sheep in Pitkin and Gunnison counties, biologists and wildlife technicians recently captured 10 bighorn sheep rams and fitted them with special collars that will transmit location data. The operation was the start of a new, cooperative study with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor the movements and distribution of rams from three herds in the area. Continue reading

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Colorado: Wildlife officers kill problem bear near Aspen

Wildlife officers have tracked and killed a bear that attacked two campers in the Aspen area.

Two backcountry campers injured in bear attack

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Wildlife officials successfully tracked and killed a bear in the Aspen area that had attacked and injured two campers at separate campsites this past weekend.

The bear was killed about 7 a.m. Sunday morning by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, with the assistance of a specialist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program and employees of the U. S. Forest Service.

Based the location, behavior and description of the black bear given by campers involved in the incidents, wildlife officers are confident that they tracked down the bear responsible for attacking two campers while they slept in their tents at the Maroon Bells – Snowmass wilderness area. The bear bit both victims, causing minor injuries to the leg of one camper at Crater Lakes and substantial injuries to the leg of another camper in the nearby Minnehaha Gulch area. Continue reading

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