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.

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…


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, […]