Cranes…

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No, it isn’t a flock of naked turkeys or even turkeys at all. A huge gathering of sandhill cranes gathered in this old hay field, just outside of Jensen, Utah, in mid-December. Jensen is located just on the other side of the Utah border from Rio Blanco County on the way to Vernal.

Bucks are back…

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The bucks seem to know when the season on antlers is over. Above, these three nice bucks know its safe for them to wander the streets of Rangely such as these on Stanolind Ave., while the buck below was seen just outside of Meeker on Saturday along Highway 13.

Turkeys around town…

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Turkeys were readily visible on Saturday in many fields along County Road 8, living dangerously with Thanksgiving being today. Top photo: These turkeys were two of about 10 that were walking around the beginning of a driveway, about 10 feet off of County Road 8, about 10 miles east of Meeker. Turkeys could be spotted […]

Winter driving means time to watch out for wildlife on the roads

RBC I With the end of daylight saving time, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Colorado motorists of the higher risk of being involved in a wildlife-related accident. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, November sees more car accidents involving wildlife than any other month.

Big buck…

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Usually the big bucks know when rifle seasons start, but this high-scoring mule deer buck must have forgot to check the calendar as he was out Saturday afternoon walking up Miller Creek Road about a mile from the bridge that crosses the White River, oblivious to the fact it was hunting season. He stood and […]

Bucks rule…

This big buck controls the campus this year, and that is understandable. But his little sidekick on Oct. 8 is the interesting one. He has been coming to the campus for about five years. He has a rack on one side and, if you look closely, you will see a spike on the left side.

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.