Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Though the Trump administration delisted gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act across most of the U.S. on October 29, the species still holds endangered status in Colorado. Proposition 114 on the statewide ballot question asks for a gray wolf reintroduction plan by 2023.

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Now that the wildfires near the Roaring Fork and Grand River Valleys are either mostly or entirely contained, these communities have new burn scars to deal with. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon recently explored a more mature scar to get a sense of what’s to come.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently released its 2020 Status Report on big-game winter range and migration corridors.  Eric Galatas has more.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging citizen scientists to observe the night skies during International Dark Sky Week. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with the CPW’s Citizen Science Technician Audrey Spencer.

New Mountain Lion Plan Falls Short, Say Opponents

Apr 8, 2020
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to change the way it manages mountain lions on the West Slope but not everyone thinks the plan is a good idea. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Six-Point Bull Elk Poached in Moffat County

Oct 9, 2019
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Poachers who killed a bull elk in Game Management Unit 2 in Moffat County last month are still at-large. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has details from Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins testing deer for Chronic Wasting Disease in portions of the state during rifle season this year. It’s a part of the agency’s Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with CPW's Travis Duncan to find out more.

Lake Christine Road Closed to Vehicles in Wake of Flood

Aug 8, 2019
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Recent flooding and debris flow from the Lake Christine burn scar caused evacuations in Basalt. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is involved in clean-up. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Matt Yamashita, CPW Area Wildlife Manager, to find out more.

CPW: Bear That Attacked Woman Near Aspen Killed

May 30, 2019

Witnesses saw a bear matching the description of the one involved in the attack. State wildlife officers tracked it for awhile before putting it down.

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Colorado wildlife officials say the bear attacked a woman on the Hunter Creek Trail near Lone Pine Road Monday morning and was still at large. 

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Residents of Carbondale are invited to provide feedback on proposed changes to Riverfront Park and the Weaver Ditch diversion. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has more...

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Recent testing from state wildlife officials shows about 15 percent of the bucks in what's known as the White River deer herd are infected with the  neurodegenerative disease.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted at least 200 people at a second public meeting last night about the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with several attendees, including a Basalt Town Council member who says the Council votes tonight on a resolution about the fate of the range. You can submit comments on the Basalt Shooting Range by clicking here.

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When natural food sources fail to feed black bears, they often find new sources of food among humans. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports on how Coloradans are responding to an increase in incidents.

A controversial predator control plan in Colorado is heading into its second year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife - or CPW - plans to kill bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin, north of Rifle, and in the Arkansas River Basin to see if that will boost deer fawn survival rates. Freelance reporter Rico Moore has been following this story since 2016 in a series for the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Moore for an update on the story and how CPW may be going after mountain lions that no longer exist.

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A popular late winter and springtime activity in Colorado is looking for deer and elk antlers in the woods for personal collection or sale. But Colorado Parks and Wildlife rules have changed this year. They are no longer limited to public lands in the Gunnison Basin and near Eagle; they now cover all public lands west of I-25. KBUT’s Chad Reich spoke with CPW’s Joe Lewandowski about the new rules, which went into effect on Friday.

Valley Voices: Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

Sep 15, 2017
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Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, talks to host Amy Hadden Marsh about DACA, her recent appointment to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and more.



The Carbondale Board of Trustees met last night. Among items on the agenda, including the swearing-in of Luis Yllanes, there was ample focus on recent bear activity within and around the town. John Groves, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, warned that the activity could worsen and persist into November. The trustees also waived an ordinance to allow Rio Grande weed-eating goats to travel through town and adopted a resolution affirming Carbondale's support for the immigrant community. Click the headline to view the resolution in English and Spanish.