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.

Turkey trot…

Turkeys are running thick from mile marker 5 to mile marker 15 on County Road 8, east of Meeker. Groups of 10 to 15 turkeys, mostly hens, have been plentiful along area roads recently. Bill deVergie, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife area game manager in Meeker, said the high number of spottings is likely due to deep snow in the mountains, and that can push the turkeys to the roadsides to eat whatever is available along the sides of the bare roads and along the steep slopes next to the roads.

Elk enjoy good weather…

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Wildlife was out enjoying the weather on Saturday east of Meeker. It was one of the few sunny days to be taken in recently. It seems that these seven elk and two turkeys, far left, didn’t mind each other’s company about 10 miles up County Road 8.

Slow speed zones fail to reduce wildlife collisions

It pays to be over-attentive when driving, as the driver of this Rangely truck learned recently. The vehicle sustained serious damage in a wildlife-related accident. The state has indicated that Highway 64 between Meeker and Rangely and state Highway 13 between Rifle and Craig are among the top five highways in the state for the number of accidents between vehicles and wildlife.

RBC I Until the last couple of months, travelers on State Highway 13 between Meeker and Rifle were well-versed with the wildlife crossing zone mandating slower speeds at night during the fall and winter months. The zones, part of a 2010 traffic safety bill that attempted to slow drivers on 100 miles of Colorado roads, […]

Drivers warned about wildlife on area roads

RBC I Get ready, Colorado drivers, wildlife are coming to town. Black bears are transitioning into hibernation, meaning they may be traversing more territory to look for just the right energy source. And deer are also moving down from the mountains. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are reminding motorists that wildlife-vehicle […]

Gobble, gobble…

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Here, five of the six hen turkeys walking down the highway seem unbothered by traffic or this photographer east of Meeker Saturday evening.

Bucks in town…

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Not too worried about having their photo taken or too nervous about nearby humans walking around, these two bucks, still in velvet, were seen grazing on the grass and weeds in this field at 11th and Cleveland streets in Meeker recently. It is that time of year again when deer start to become as commonly […]

Bear tranquilized in Meeker…

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This bear sow had to be tranquilized the night of Sept. 3 when she was found in a tree in the 500 block of 12th Street in Meeker.

Sandhill crane at Kenney…

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Taking advantage of ideal summer daytime conditions, this lone sandhill crane seemed to be enjoying every minute playing in the water at Kenney Reservoir, eight miles east of Rangely. Other than the crane and a few ducks, not a human soul could be seen enjoying the sunny afternoon at the park.