Tag: Moose

Mountain News: 100 years of yodeling

Researchers are investigating the cause of a dwindling moose population in the Jackson Hole area. PHOTO COURTESY THE COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.

147 avalanche deaths in the Alps

We’re starting this week’s mountain news roundup in the Alps, where PlanetSki reports that 147 people died in avalanches this past winter. It may sound like a high number compared to the totals in Colorado and the U.S. but it’s fairly close to average for a European winter. The biggest number of avalanche deaths for the season, 37, well above the average annual death toll of 26. In Switzerland, 28 people died in avalanches. One trend that bears watching is the increased number of avalanche deaths among ski professionals. An unusual number of guides and rescue workers were caught in slides in the Alps this winter, according to PlanetSki. Get more details here.

100 years of yodeling
On a happier Alpine note, PlanetSki is also reporting that the Swiss yodeling Association is celebrating its centennial this year. There will be yodeling festivals and competitions, no doubt, and while the very thought of yodeling is annoying to some people, to others, it’s an indispensable part of Alpine folklore. And if the traditional version of yodeling doesn’t do it for you, the Swiss band Sonalp incorporates an updated brand of the ululating vocalization in its World Music repertoire. Check out the PlanetSki story here and watch this YouTube video for some Swiss folk-punk, which includes Alphorns being played like didgeridoos.

Retreating glaciers
The latest reports are in and they show that 91 percent of Austria’s glaciers retreated  last year, with some of them receding as much as 150 feet. Some of the biggest shrinkages occurred in the Tyrolean mountains, where glaciers are an iconic part of the cultural landscape. Austrians have taken climate change very seriously for quite a while, knowing that some their essential cultural fabric is based on a connection with the mountains. Rising summer temperatures are cited as the main cause for the glacier retreat. Read more …

Much more, including news about skiing in Bulgaria and dwindling moose populations in Jackson Hole, after the break … Continue reading “Mountain News: 100 years of yodeling”

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VIDEO: Colorado’s moose population expanding

VIDEO: Click on the image to see a video clip of moose in the Peak 7 area. Colorado's moose population is growing and expanding, thanks to some help from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The state agency recently added new animals to a fledgling moose population in the Flat Tops area. PHOTO BY JENNEY COBERLY.

Sightings growing more common in Summit County; biologists still debating whether they are native to the state

Story by Bob Berwyn

Video by Jenney Coberly
SUMMIT COUNTY — More frequent moose sightings in places like Silverthorne and Breckenridge are a clear sign that Colorado’s moose population is growing and expanding its range in the Summit County area, said Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton.

Just in the past few months, state biologists transplanted 20 moose by helicopter from Jackson County to the Flat Tops area, east of Meeker, joining another 24 moose that were brought in from Utah previously.

Most of the moose in the Summit County area likely are part of a growing herd that was introduced in North Park in 1978. Since then, the herd has spread down into Middle Park, around Kremmling, and then down through the Gore Range, which is full of ideal willow-wetland and lodgepole habitat. Residents of the Willowbrook area often report seeing moose, as well people living on the flanks of the Tenmile Range in the Upper Blue. Continue reading “VIDEO: Colorado’s moose population expanding”