Bears close national monument …

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Several recent sightings of black bears near where visitors travel have caused the closure of two campgrounds at Dinosaur National Monument until further notice. The bears present a danger to visitors, and safety precautions are being taken.

All wildlife but deer appear to be doing well in county

RBC I Nearly all wildlife in Rio Blanco County is doing quite well following a wet spring, and some species are doing so well that they may be contributing to the decrease in number of area mule deer.

CPW, Shell, Elk Foundation join in survey of area’s elk

RBC I The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Shell Exploration and Production are jointly funding a project to study and better understand the behaviors and movement of elk that occupy habitat near areas of oil and gas exploration and development.

Growing deer…

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Not overly worried about the strange creature taking her photo, this doe mule deer remained unruffled for at least an hour, preferring to stay cool while laid out in this planter box. This photo was taken in the early evening recently in the Sage Hills Subdivision, just north of Meeker.

Sandhill crane…

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Most sandhill cranes live in freshwater wetlands, feeding on plants, grains, mice, snakes, insects and worms.

Canada geese…

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These two Canada geese enjoyed lounging in the sun and grass in the Bel-Air area off County Road 8 over the weekend.

Elk herd…

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Usually when the weather warms up and the snow clears at lower altitudes, the elk head toward higher terrain.

Hey, foxy lady…

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Mama fox ran off, but two of her four kit foxes remained at play outside their den Friday amid meadow land along County Road 8, not far from Lake Avery.

Tips to avoiding conflicts with bears

Special to the Herald Times RBC I Black bears have emerged from their dens and it’s time for Colorado residents to take precautions to help keep bears wild. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are cautioning residents that bear activity in towns and residential areas may be high again this year.

Deer on campus …

Two does, one to the right and one to the left of the sign marking the designated parking spot for Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, keep a sharp eye out to make sure no one other than George uses his parking spot.

A sure sign of spring …

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These two does and a nice, young two-point buck, back left, were undisturbed by traffic or barking dogs as they enjoyed the newly green grass in this yard at the intersection of Ninth and Garfield streets in Meeker. Despite warmer temperatures during the day, numerous deer can still be spotted

Wildlife face mixed winter in area

This deer carcass was visible on the shoulder of Highway 64 roughly half way between Meeker and Rangely this past weekend. Bill deVergie, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife manager in Meeker, said the number of vehicle run-ins with area elk and deer is on the rise, and he urged drivers to be extra careful from sunset to sunrise as the animals are increasingly looking for the greener grasses that grow along roadsides.

RBC I Winter survival for area wildlife has been a mixed bag, with elk faring better than deer, a local official with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Monday.