Posted on November 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Grand County killing described as an ‘egregious act’
A moose cow and two calves browse near the base of Berthoud Pass in this Aug. 2010 file photo.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say they are launching an all-out investigation to apprehend the person or persons responsible for killing a cow moose and her two calves in Grand County.
“This is an outrageous incident,” said Ron Velarde, northwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “My officers are preparing an all-out effort to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice. At this point, we have no reason to believe this was an accident,” Velarde said. “The case is being investigated as a malicious poaching incident.” (more…)
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Posted on October 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Wildlife managers seeking info on a hunter who have illegally killed a bull moose near Silverthorne in late October
A moose cow and two calfs near Berthoud Pass, Colorado. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Accidental and illegal moose kills are on the rise in northwest Colorado, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, who say they’ve investigated nine possible accidental moose kills, with seven of these incidents remaining unsolved to date.
In the latest incident, wildlife managers are asking the public for assistance in locating a hunter who may have illegally killed a bull moose near Silverthorne on Oct. 22.
Several people hiking along the Gore Range and Rock Creek/Pebble Creek Trail, about seven miles north of Silverthorne, reported that they encountered a hunter who told them he had shot a bull moose by mistake, but the individual has yet to report the incident to wildlife officers. (more…)
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Posted on July 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Moose biology and history featured at event, along with kids activities
Moose near the headwaters of the Fraser River, Grand County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado wildlife enthusiasts will once again gather this weekend to celebrate the state’s growing moose population at the second annual Grand Mesa Moose Day.
“As their population continues to grow in Colorado, people’s interest has increased as well,” said Parks and Wildlife watchable wildlife coordinator Trina Romero. “Moose sightings can be a great experience and we encourage people to learn more about them and how to watch them safely.” (more…)
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Posted on May 6, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Moose, ospreys … oh my!
One of Silverthorne’s resident osprey flies to its nest with a big fish.
All photos by Bill Linfield
SUMMIT COUNTY — Humans aren’t the only anglers who take advantage of the Gold Medal trout fishery in the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir. For years, osprey have nested along the river, and local photographer and Silverthorne resident Bill Linfield has captured some great images, shooting with a Canon t1i with a 70 – 200 zoom. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Bill’s work here at Summit Voice. You can also see the best of Summit Voice photography at our Flickr page. More Summit Voice photography is for sale at an Imagekind online gallery. (more…)
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Posted on April 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Conviction could lead to permanent loss of hunting privileges
A Colorado hunter must pay a $5,177 fine for mistakenly shooting a moose.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Highlands Ranch man was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $5,177 fine after pleading guilty to shooting a moose (thinking it was an elk) and failing to report it to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The case highlights a growing concern for Colorado wildlife managers — hunters who fail to correctly identify big game animals.
Joel D. Eady, 30, was charged with willful destruction of wildlife – a Class 5 felony, as well as hunting out of season, illegal possession of wildlife and failing to properly care for a harvested animal.
During an October 2010 hunting trip in the Missouri Creek Basin, east of Meeker, Eady mistakenly shot a cow moose after misidentifying it as an elk. According to witnesses, Eady told those at the scene that he would turn himself in, but never did.
“The biggest concern here is that Mr. Eady never reported this to us,” said District Wildlife Manager and lead investigator Jon Wangnild. “We understand that mistakes happen and we will usually be more lenient with someone who reports an accident right away, but failing to report this incident turned a careless mistake into a felony.” (more…)
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Posted on March 10, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
CDOW targets snowmobile rental companies with awareness campaign
A moose cow and her calves graze in thick willows near Berthoud Pass.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Some snowmobilers in Colorado are chasing and harassing moose in the backcountry and then posting videos on social video web sites, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which is launching an awareness campaign aimed at curbing the practice.
The message is targeting snowmobilers and snowmobile rental companies on the West Slope. Wildlife officers will be contacting snowmobile rental companies and providing them with literature that can be distributed to customers.
Although it is unclear where some of the videos were shot, at least one of them was taken in Grand County. The footage shows an unidentified person on a snowmobile chasing a moose at a high rate of speed. The moose then stops and appears to charge the rider before running away. Although no one was reported to have been injured in this incident, officials are concerned that behavior like this could lead to injuries or death of moose and snowmobilers. (more…)
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Posted on December 29, 2010 by Jenney Coberly
Four of the most viewed videos from 2010 were from Copper Mountain Sunsation in April. This immensely popular music festival featured some top-notch acts. All of the videos can be viewed at the Summit Voice YouTube channel. A link to this channel can also be found on the right sidebar.
- Pepper at Copper Mountain Sunsation, April 10, 2010
- Passafire at Copper Mountain Sunsation, April 10, 2010
- Lighting of Breckenridge, December 4, 2010
- Sunsation at Copper Mountain, Colorado, April 10, 2010
- Moose sighting on Peak 7, Breckenridge, Colorado
- A Mushroom Foray in Summit County, Colorado
- Historic Engine #9 returns to Breckenridge, Colorado, 12-14-2010
- Breckenridge Ski Area, November 16, 2010
- A Moose and Her Calf in Breckenridge, Colorado
- Copper Sunsation April 18, 2010
My own personal favorite came in at #9, “A Moose and Her Calf”. I was standing at my kitchen window early one morning last March and I saw the moose standing at the end of my driveway. I dashed for my camera and by the time I got back with it, she had moved into the back yard, and it was then that I saw that she was accompanied by her calf. Since my deck is well above the level of the yard, I was able to stand on the deck and take video of them without disturbing them. It was a wonderful moment for me and I’m so glad I was able to capture it.
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Posted on November 7, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
A moose cow and two calves graze near the headwaters of the Fraser River in Grand County. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
Hunters need to be sure of their target before pulling the trigger; mistaken kills could lead to serious fines
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Halfway through the fall rifle season, hunters in Colorado have carelessly or negligently shot 10 moose, spurring Colorado Division of Wildlife game managers to warn big game hunters to be more careful before pulling the trigger. Otherwise, they could face stiff penalties.
“We’re seeing way too many preventable mistakes,” said Ron Velarde, DOW’s Northwest Regional Manager. “If you aren’t 100 percent sure that what you have in your sights is what you have on your license, do not pull the trigger.” (more…)
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Posted on August 28, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
These are moose -- not elk! PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
Spotting scopes, binoculars can help hunters recognize the distinctive differences between the two species.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — As Colorado‘s big game hunting season begins, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is asking hunters to learn the difference between moose and elk in order to avoid accidentally shooting moose.
Almost every year moose are accidentally killed, according to the state wildlife agency. The most common error is mistaking a cow moose for a cow elk.
Moose are the largest members of the deer family and have adapted to a variety of habitats. They favor willows along streams and ponds. But be aware, some moose also inhabit lodgepole pine, oak brush, aspen, spruce, fir and even sagebrush – in other words, the same areas where elk live. Moose can be found in almost all the high-country areas of Colorado.
Elk hunters need to be sure to know the difference between these two ungulates. If a hunter without the proper license shoots a moose, the fine can be more than $1,000. (more…)
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Posted on July 24, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado's largest mammal is establishing a self-sustaining population on the Grand Mesa. PHOTO COURTESY COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.
Large ungulates thriving in various parts of Colorado; see some video clips of moose in Summit County at the Summit Voice YouTube channel
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the Grand Mesa moose herd at 150 animals and growing, The Colorado Division of Wildlife and residents of the area have teamed up celebrate the big critters with a day of their own.
Saturday, July 31, is Grand Mesa Moose Day, with moose viewing information, presentations about moose biology and moose history, presentations on how biologists transplant and track moose, and even a puppet show, all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center atop Grand Mesa on Highway 65.
“Moose sightings are always fun for people and they’re becoming more common on the Grand Mesa as the population grows,” said Trina Romero, Colorado Division of Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator. “This event will teach people safe ways to see the moose and some great facts about moose in Colorado.” (more…)
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