Big buck…

A quick stop by the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely on Saturday caught this large buck in velvet grabbing a quick bite of lunch. He didn’t seem to be too upset about having his picture taken.

Camp sites reopen after bear reports

RBC I Park rangers have reopened two river campsites at Pot Creek, which are located along the Green River in the Canyon of the Lodore. The campsites had been closed due to bear activity in the area.

Antelope…

Noting that this herd of antelope may have wandered into some new grazing land, Marvine Creek resident Jim Joy sent this photo in with the note: “We have seen elk, deer, bear and moose here on Marvine Creek, but never, until Sunday, antelope at 7,600 feet altitude.”

Mule deer factory…

This young yearling buck, above, was seen recently taking a left onto Mesa then eating a few neighborhood wild roses early in the morning in Rangely. Not far away, below, might have been this buck’s dad, with a considerably larger rack.

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 […]