Wildlife

Bill Kight

Local rancher Bill Fales talks with Bill Kight about protecting the watershed, the risks of wolf reintroduction, and the other changing conditions in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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. 

What to Watch for as Bee Season Arrives

Apr 30, 2019
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Bee season is here. Newly awake, they're browsing for pollen and starting to swarm. We talk to a local beekeeper about how to ensure that local populations of bees - and other pollinators - stay healthy.

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A National Wildlife Federation survey released last week shows strong public support in Colorado for protecting wildlife-migration corridors. The support ran across party lines and age groups and even after considering opposition arguments from farmers, ranchers, and oil and gas producers.

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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.

On an unseasonably warm February day, Travis Kauffman headed out around noon for a run in the foothills outside Fort Collins, wearing shorts and a fleece pullover.

Within two hours, he'd emerge from the woods — clothes tattered, body blood-smeared, but alive.

The story of how he came face-to-face with a juvenile mountain lion and not only survived, but killed the animal that attacked him, soon became the stuff of legend. It's the type of story that feeds the impulses of internet commenters and quickly embeds itself in local folklore, like a Wild West tall tale come to life.

Hungry deer in the northeastern U. S. are likely changing the acoustics of their forests by eating up bushes, small trees and other leafy plants that normally would affect the transmission of natural sounds such as bird calls.

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The Naturalist Nights speaker series continues this week with retired biologist Van Graham talking about the latest research on sandhill cranes. The birds were listed as a Colorado endangered species in 1973. Graham began working with the cranes while in Steamboat Springs, which is where the core population of Colorado’s nesting and staging cranes is located. KDNK's Mark Duggan talked to Graham about what Naturalist Nights attendees can expect to learn at his presentation.

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The Naturalist Nights Winter Series continues this week with a talk on the White-Tailed Ptarmigan. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks & Wildlife about what makes the alpine bird special.

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A wildlife rehabilitation center in Silt has been saving animals since 1984. For today’s Nonprofit Palooza, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Nanci Limbach, director of the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation.

Blair Flickinger, Aspen PD

Aspen Police spent most of the day Wednesday monitoring a sow and two bear cubs in a tree on the Hyman Avenue mall. That night, the situation escalated and a dangerous scenario played out before Sergeant Rob Fabrocini.

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Results of a 17-year study of oil and gas drilling impacts on mule deer in Wyoming shows that energy development is not as benign for wildlife as some scientists previously thought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Ed Arnett, senior scientist at the Loveland, Colorado-based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Federal and state lands policy group, to find out more.

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Independent reporter Rico Moore has been taking an in-depth look at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s so-called Predator Control Study, which proposes to kill up to 40 mountain lion and bear this month in the Piceance Basin and more next year in the Upper Arkansas Basin. The agency blames predation for a drop in mule deer fawn survival rates, and is trapping and shooting targeted animals. Moore’s series, Off Target, is published in the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to him about Part 5 and why there’s more to the problem than lions and bears.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s controversial Predator Control Study is set to begin in May. The agency wants to kill a certain amount of mountain lion and bear in the Piceance Basin and in the Upper Arkansas area to see if this helps increase the mule deer population. Wild Earth Guardians, a New Mexico-based environmental group, filed suit in January and March to stop the so-called study. And, last week, the group filed a separate lawsuit against Wildlife Services, the Federal agency that often exterminates predators and other species across the country in the name of resolving wildlife damage to livestock and protecting human health and safety. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Bethany Cotton, Wildlife Program Director for Wild Earth Guardians, to find out why.

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On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a panel discussion hosted by the CLAW Caucus at the state capitol about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plan to kill predators this spring. Bente Birkeland reports on a Republican-led effort making its way through the state legislature to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights is calculated so Colorado can keep more of the tax money it collects. The measure could free up millions of dollars for transportation, education and healthcare.

Kathrens Says No to Mustang Euthanization

Sep 14, 2016
Amy Hadden Marsh

Last week, the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend euthanization of certain mustangs in short- and long-term holding facilities. Ginger Kathrens, volunteer director of the Cloud Foundation and a member of the Board, cast the only dissenting vote. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Kathrens about which horses and why. (The BLM has yet to act on this recommendation. No horses in holding have been killed since Friday's decision.)