Sheepdog handler uses dogs to move wildlife out of Canadian town

Dog handler Chris Jobe gets some hiking exercise for herself and three of her dogs at home in Alberta, Canada. Jobe will be in Meeker for the Meeker Sheepdog Championship Trials, held Sept. 3-7.

MEEKER I Mist from dawn’s early rain lingers in Waterton, Alberta. This tiny town in the southwestern province of Canada awakes to whistles and “that’ll do” directed at six border collies on an early morning mission.

Pika thriving at high elevations

RBC I The pika, one of the cutest and toughest little critters in the Rockies, appears to be thriving throughout Colorado’s high country.
While news stories have circulated recently that pikas are disappearing from the landscape, Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers have found populations well-distributed throughout Colorado’s mountains.

Bears, lions reported in county towns

RBC I Luckily there haven’t been any tiger sightings in Rio Blanco County, but bears and lions have been on the minds of law enforcement and wildlife officers in in Meeker and Rangely this summer.

Caution urged regarding mountain lions at monument

DINOSAUR I Staff at Dinosaur National Monument are reminding visitors that they are visiting mountain lion country when traveling in the monument, especially in the backcountry and along the river canyons. On July 22, fresh evidence of an animal killed by a mountain lion was found in the Echo Park area. A 72-hour closure was […]

Bird or moth…

It might just be an imposter, but cruising through Rangely’s sunflowers on Saturday evening was what looked at first glance to be uniquely marked hummingbird. It turned out to be a hummingbird moth, complete with a double set of wings. The insects have been spotted recently around Rangely’s gardens.

Out for a stroll…


What may well be a grand buck later in the year was seen walking down Garfield Street in Meeker Friday behind the Meeker School District administration building, showing off his velvet antlers.

CPW: Stay away from young wildlife, birds

RBC I This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks that residents and visitors not approach, touch or handle young animals. “We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents,” said […]


These four elk, just west of Lake Avery on Sunday, were relaxed and enjoying the beautiful green grasses available to them in the meadows and fields for several miles up County Road 8. Other groups of elk and deer were scattered through the entire White River Valley from above Buford and almost all the way into Meeker.

Neighborly deer…

A lone deer tries to draw the attention of Russell and Neal George outside the college president’s residence on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely. The deer, which gets some of its meals from a nearby bird feeder, searched for movement behind the sliding glass door for several minutes, attempting to make good on the president’s “open door policy,” to no avail.

Deer on campus…


A deer on the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s campus in Rangely pauses in front of the large blue-and-orange tent near the school’s ice tower. The tent serves as a staging area for climbers and houses snow-making equipment.

Deer in town …


These three big boys didn’t seem to care much if they were spotted or not — since it is long after hunting season and they were in downtown Meeker on Thursday afternoon.

Winter wildlife…


Enjoying the sunshine just after Saturday morning’s fog lifted was this group of does along with about seven other does and one lone buck. The deer were gathered in a field about 50 yards off Highway 13 south of Meeker and seemed calm enough to know that hunting season was over and that they should […]