Wildlife

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Decision on future of sheep grazing pushed back

The U.S. Forest Service has delayed its expected winter announcement on the future of domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, and now expects a decision “in the next few months.” In...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Silverton man encounters lynx on Molas Pass

Silverton resident Dave Fiddler has been driving between Silverton and Durango for 26 years, but unlike other commuters, he never sees anything interesting – a car crash, scenic wildlife or an...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Conditions improve for Spring Creek Basin mustangs

A new water catchment system and birth-control dart program have stabilized the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd in Disappointment Valley. Today, a manageable 62 wild mustangs roam the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Feds propose wolf releases in southwestern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE — Federal wildlife managers want to release two packs of Mexican gray wolves in wilderness areas near the Arizona-New Mexico border this year in an effort to bolster a struggling...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory

On Jan. 20, public lands advocates across Wyoming celebrated a tenuous victory. In a move somewhat overshadowed by inauguration coverage, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout killed a proposed...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Miller Middle School mountain lion and cub caught, relocated

Wildlife officials have captured a mountain lion suspected of killing deer at Miller Middle School in Durango. The mountain lion was caught Saturday and her cub was captured Friday night, said Joe...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Why OR7 is a celebrity

Night is falling in the Wood River Valley, a broad, flat expanse of southern Oregon, just south of Crater Lake National Park. John Stephenson, a gray-haired, lantern-jawed U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado officials will present plan to cull mountain lions

The Journal Chuck Anderson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s mammal research leader, will lead a presentation on CPW’s three-year plan to increase the mule deer population in two regions of Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado’s controversial plan to kill deer’s predators

The helicopter lowers over the sagebrush and scrub of Colorado’s Roan Plateau, two big canvas bags dangling below it like 80-pound sacks of potatoes. Chuck Anderson’s research team turns their...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dead lynx identified as 11½-year-old male born in Telluride

A lynx found dead at Purgatory Resort on Jan. 8 died of natural causes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Wednesday. The lynx was seen by dozens of people at the ski area, and a video of the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Lynx made famous on Facebook found dead at ski resort

A lynx that had been spotted with some regularity at Purgatory Resort the past few weeks was found dead on Sunday, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman. Purgatory ski patrol members...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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House Republicans want to repeal the ESA

The delta smelt, a tiny, silvery-blue fish hanging on for survival in California’s San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin estuary, is notorious among opponents of the Endangered Species Act....

DATE: Jan. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news