Excess snow takes toll on area’s elk and deer

RBC I As a flip on the last three years, when there was good snow, good forage and great calf and fawn survival, an abundance of snow this winter has done some harm to the elk and deer herds found in and around Rio Blanco County, according to the local area wildlife manager for Colorado […]



The wildlife was out in the open on Sunday afternoon enjoying the warming sun and light breeze as spring is slowly making its presence known. This doe was part of a group of four mule deer does along County Road 8 only about 10 miles east of town. This was one of many groups of […]

Just out grazing…


This tom turkey was enjoying his feed and the sunshine so much Sunday that he really didn’t mind being photographed at close range. The tom was the only male turkey along with 12 hens out near the driveway at a home just a few miles east of Meeker along County Road 8. In addition to […]

Elk in springtime…


The yearling…


This yearling buck is enjoying the good weather of late, moseying around the streets of Rangely without a worry. The warming weather has seemingly driven the deer back into the hills around town as the number of sightings is way down.


One way to find food that is buried under the deep snow is to look up into the trees as these two mule deer does are doing at the intersection of Fourth and Park streets in Rangely. Deep snow throughout both ends of Rio Blanco County have the deer looking to trees and shrubs they can reach as anything sprouting from the ground remains hidden under feet of snow.

Taxpayers can aid Colorado wildlife with state tax checkoff

RBC I Help threatened and endangered wildlife with a voluntary contribution to the “Non-game and Endangered Wildlife Cash Fund” on your 2015 Colorado tax returns through the income tax checkoff.

Fast food…


It’s nice when the mother deer, above, can reach right up to the bird feeder to get some chow off the dinner plate, as is the case here at a residence in Rangely. But when it comes to feeding the kids, below, mom has to do a little bit more work and knock the seeds […]

Elk—1, Car—0…


Feb. 25 was a lucky night for a wandering elk, but not so much for Becky Davis, who was traveling northbound on Highway 139 around mile marker 48 when she had to turn her vehicle hard to keep from hitting an elk. She said that before she could correct herself, the car rolled, landing on […]

On the march…


Not a common sight, this large herd of pronghorns was seen Sunday afternoon at mile marker 60 along Highway 64, east of Rio Blanco Lake. There were 50 to 60 does and bucks in the group, which was walking about 50 yards north of the highway.

Caution: Coyote activity increases in the winter

RBC I With recent media reports of pet conflicts in the Denver area, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind state residents that coyote activity increases in winter, as coyotes pair up to breed.

Dinosaur seeks comments about removal of park mountain goats

DINO I The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on a draft management plan to restrict or remove exotic Rocky Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus, herein referred to as mountain goats) in Dinosaur National Monument, located in northwest Colorado and northeast Utah.