Future trophy?

It was quite a wake-up call to catch this nine-point buck so early in the day at Rangely School Superintendent Matt Scoggins’ home in Rangely. The buck is still in the early stages of antler growth, but already the buck shows signs of at least nine points.

On lookout…

ually nocturnal animals, these two great horned owls seem oblivious to the time of day as they perch in plain sight among the branches in Rangely’s Elks Parks. The two raptors have been seen during the day around Rangely for a couple of weeks. A rare sight in the middle of town.

Elk moving…

This group of 12 elk is the last of a herd of more than 80 head of elk just before they crossed the White River on a recent morning about 200 yards upriver from the Miller Creek Bridge just off County Road 8. It took more than 20 minutes for the entire herd to cross the river, then they headed up a steep cliff to an open field above the river.

Chow time…

This lone bull moose, which is just starting to sprout his antlers for the year, was fairly well unbothered by the passing vehicles high up on County Road 8 on May 20, just a couple miles below the turn off to Trapper’s Lake. He ran across the road from one aspen grove to another, then stopped to eat for several minutes, roughly 25 yards off the road.

Sandhill cranes…

These two sandhill cranes, known for the red crested feathers on the top of their heads, stopped in a field off County Road 4, roughly five miles just south of Meeker, on Thursday morning. One would guess they stopped in for a snack along their usually long trek to the north for the warmer summer temperatures.

Give moose plenty of space

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people to give wildlife plenty of room, especially when it comes to moose. The moose population is thriving in Colorado and as the number of moose rise, so does the chance for human interaction with them.

Be bear aware: State’s bear population is on the prowl

RBC I Colorado’s bears have awoken from their winter’s nap and are again active throughout the state, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges state residents in bear country to make sure they aren’t providing any food attractants around residences.

Wolf recovery signs in Yellowstone are mixed

RBC I Some come for the geysers and grizzlies, but I’ve traveled hundreds of miles to Yellowstone National Park simply to stand in the drainage of Elk Creek, stooped over a stunted willow bush. Tan branches, tinged with red, just reach my thighs, and narrow pale-green leaves blend into the wheat-like stalks of timothy grass […]

Not your average buck…

Deer are a common sight on the Colorado Northwest Community College campus in Rangely, and sometimes some animals are a little more recognizable than others. This atypical mule deer buck has been hanging around the CNCC campus for at least four years, and recently he made his annual spring appearance.

Who’s there?

Fitting right in with the color of the sunset against these trees on Monday at Elks Park in Rangely is a greater horned owl, watching over his domain for some tasty morsel that just may wander by, carelessly watching the sunset instead of the surrounding trees.

Love in springtime…

This tom turkey might be doing some early season scouting on his own as he was seen Sunday along County Road 8, east of Meeker, chasing roughly 25 hens across a yard then across the river.

Hawk finds a home…

This red-tailed hawk has found itself a new home, seemingly comfortable on this telephone pole behind the Johnson Building on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely. Several students and employees see the hawk on a daily basis, usually behind the Johnson Building and near the back of the Holland Building. This is the normal time for the red-tailed hawk to be seen on Colorado’s Western Slope.