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Nature & Wildlife
2013 October
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Color Report page will also be offered to other
forests in the Rocky Mountain Region and nation-
ally. The national Forest Service site features an
online map to help visitors see if trees are peak-
ing in their state. Another national map will help
visitors find a national forest nearest them to
enjoy the colors of fall.
For a more analogue approach to trip plan-
ning, the Forest Service is once again offering
its National Fall Colors Hotline, 1.800.354.4595.
The hotline provides audio updates on the best
places, dates and routes to take for peak viewing
of fall colors on national forests.
For more information on San Juan National For-
est viewing areas, contact the San Juan Public
Lands Center at 970.247.4874.
Forest Service offers planning tools
for fall colors viewing
Fall colors are just beginning at the higher
elevations of the San Juan National Forest in
southwestern Colorado. About ten percent
of the aspen forests have reportedly turned
color in the Silverton and Red Mountain
Pass areas.
The San Juan National Forest will update its
Fall Color Report weekly at: Links on the Fall
Gateway, Colorado Dynamite Shoot, October 5. A
fundraiser to benefit the local Fire Department.
The shoot began 50 years ago. In the early days it
was mostly attended by local residents. The goal
was a target, the prize a live turkey! Jean Moores
of Gateway explained, ¡°the shoot was the first of
November. You hit the bulls eye, picked up your
live turkey, and took it home, excited that you
had a turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. In later
years, a successful shooter collected a frozen tur-
key. Now the target is dynamite, and the success-
ful shooter brings home cash¡±.
The past few years has seen several hundred par-
ticipants. The day is kicked off with a full break-
fast from 7-11a hosted by the Community Club,
shoot begins at 8a, with lunch on site provided by
Dist. 51 Gateway school. For further information
call Fred Bolton at 970.931.2257.
Dynamite Shoot In Gateway
Ute Tribe Business Committee, serving
to make the Ute Tribe and its members
financially independent.
This stimulating and informative event
will be moderated by Bill Kight, Public
Affairs Officer for the White River Na-
tional Forest and an expert on Native
American history, that has resulted in
a reputation for unwavering support
of an inclusive and holistic approach
to indigenous resource management.
Tickets are only $20 and are available
for purchase at:
For more information contact: Greg
Pelland, Director Roaring Fork Cul-
tural Council at 970.379.0114.
Fall Color Report
in accompanying brochures. Permit holders are
expected to be familiar with these regulations.
For information on road conditions for the San
Juan National Forest, go to:
sanjuan/ and click on Road and Motorized Trail
Information in the right hand column to be di-
rected to Current Road Status. For more informa-
tion, contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at
In the wake of several people being injured by
moose this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is
reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be
aggressive when dogs and humans get too close.
Since early spring, wildlife officers have respond-
ed to three human/moose conflicts, including
two recent incidents in Grand Lake. In all three
instances, dogs, both on and off-leash, reportedly
spooked the moose before it charged and seri-
ously injured the dog¡¯s owner.
State wildlife officials caution that the large ungu-
lates see dogs as a threat due to their similarities
with wolves, their primary predator. Wildlife of-
ficials caution that dogs should never be allowed
to approach a moose.
¡°Almost all incidents with aggressive moose
involve dogs getting too close to the animal,¡± said
Lyle Sidener, area wildlife manager for Colorado
Parks and Wildlife in Hot Sulphur Springs.¡± In
most cases, a threatened moose will naturally
react and try to stomp on the dog. The frightened
dog will typically run back to its owner bringing
an angry, thousand pound moose with it.¡±
Moose are one of the state¡¯s most popular wild-
life species and their numbers are growing. In
1978, the former Colorado Division of Wildlife
transplanted 12 moose into the area around the
town of Walden in North Park. After several more
relocations across the western part of Colorado
in the following years, their population is now
estimated at over 2,000 animals.
Wildlife officials stress the importance of under-
standing moose behavior when living or recreat-
ing in areas where moose are now common.
Female moose, called cows, are very protective
of their young, especially in the early summer
months. Bulls will aggressively defend their ter-
ritories from humans, dogs or other moose any
time of year with increased aggression during
mating season in late September.
The best practice for sharing space with moose is
to give them plenty of room. Keep pets away and
avoid moose that appear stressed.
Sidener adds that in the interests of safety, people
should consider leaving their dog at home if they
plan to visit an area where moose are common,
even if it is legal to walk a dog in the area.
If you encounter a moose, signs that it is agitated
by your presence and may charge include, a
lowered head, ears pinned back, raised hackles,
swaying back and forth and licking its snout.
If the moose charges you, run away as fast as pos-
sible and try to put a tree, vehicle or other large
object in between you and the moose. If you are
knocked down, get up and try to get away. Do
not stay on the ground. More info is available at:
Roaring Fork Cultural Council Hosts Talk with
Elder Roland McCook, moderated by Bill Kight
Carbondale: On Wednesday, October 2, at 7:30p,
the Roaring Fork Cultural Council and the Mount
Sopris Historical Society will present Tribal Elder
O. Roland McCook, at Thunder River Theatre
in Carbondale. The Chief will speak on ¡®Early
Northern Ute History¡¯ and discuss Ute culture,
their respect for other people, the environment
and earth¡¯s resources. Roland was born at Fort
Duchesne, Utah on the Unitah and Ouray Indian
Reservation. Among his life accomplishments,
Roland was Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the
Ute History With Roland McCook
Moose Awareness
Gather Firewood From Fed Lands
San Juan Public Land Firewood Permits on Sale
Permits to cut firewood on public lands man-
aged by the San Juan National Forest and BLM
Tres Rios Field Office in southwestern Colorado
are on sale at agency offices and selected retail
outlets. A minimum purchase of $20 allows the
bearer to gather two-and-a-half cords of fire-
wood from federal lands for personal use prior to
December 31, 2013. Each tag is good for one-half
cord of firewood. The appropriate number of
tags must be securely fastened to the firewood
in a visible manner before the vehicle is driven
from the place where the firewood was gathered.
One household may purchase permits for up to
10 cords of firewood per year for personal use.
Gathering firewood for resale requires a commer-
cial permit.
Permits, which come with a brochure and map,
are available at:
++ San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett
Court, Durango
++ Kroeger¡¯s Ace Hardware, 8 Town Plaza,
++ Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl,
++ Silverton Public Lands Office, 246 Blair Street,
++ Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway
184, Dolores
++ City Market, 508 E Main, Cortez
++ Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad, Dolores
++ Cox Conoco, 201 E Railroad Ave, Mancos
++ Pagosa Ranger District, 2nd & Pagosa St,
Pagosa Springs
Restrictions apply to the cutting of standing dead
ponderosa pine and live Gambel oak, and some
area restrictions are in place. Information on these
requirements can be found on firewood tags and