Colorado Division of wildlife offices getting reports of dogs chasing deer
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While skiers are rejoicing over the plentiful snow, the wintry weather also strains wildlife. At this point in the winter, many animals are teetering on the brink of survival Any additional stress can be a matter of life and death. That includes harassment by dogs, and Colorado Division of Wildlife offices are receiving reports of dogs chasing animals, especially deer.
Pools of water and bubbles may be warning signs on frozen ponds and streams
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Every spring, as the temperatures rise, people put themselves and their pets at risk by venturing out onto sketchy ice. Conditions vary from day to day, so you have to be prepared for unsafe ice.
According to a press release from theColorado State Parks, four inches of ice provides a margin of safety and is generally considered safe for ice fishing and ice-skating. Snowmobiles and ATV’s need at least five inches of ice thickness. The best advice is stay off the ice when there is any question about thickness and conditions.
Signs of unsafe ice include: ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice. Also, beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing.
Always keep your pets on a leash. Never allow your dog to run out onto the ice and never walk your dog near a frozen lake or pond without a leash. If your dog falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Go for help. Continue reading “Beware of thin ice!”→