Drivers warned about wildlife on area roads

RBC I Get ready, Colorado drivers, wildlife are coming to town. Black bears are transitioning into hibernation, meaning they may be traversing more territory to look for just the right energy source. And deer are also moving down from the mountains. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are reminding motorists that wildlife-vehicle […]

Gobble, gobble…


Here, five of the six hen turkeys walking down the highway seem unbothered by traffic or this photographer east of Meeker Saturday evening.

Bucks in town…


Not too worried about having their photo taken or too nervous about nearby humans walking around, these two bucks, still in velvet, were seen grazing on the grass and weeds in this field at 11th and Cleveland streets in Meeker recently. It is that time of year again when deer start to become as commonly […]

Bear tranquilized in Meeker…


This bear sow had to be tranquilized the night of Sept. 3 when she was found in a tree in the 500 block of 12th Street in Meeker.

Sandhill crane at Kenney…


Taking advantage of ideal summer daytime conditions, this lone sandhill crane seemed to be enjoying every minute playing in the water at Kenney Reservoir, eight miles east of Rangely. Other than the crane and a few ducks, not a human soul could be seen enjoying the sunny afternoon at the park.

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 […]