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Nature & Wildlife
2017 August/September
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
CPW returns greenback cutthroats to
ancestral waters in South Platte drainage
HERMAN GULCH, CO, July 19, 2017: Colorado
Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists and volun-
teers each carried 10-pound bags of rare green-
back cutthroat trout up steep Herman Gulch near
Georgetown this week in a bid to permanently
return the state fish to its ancestral waters in an
alpine stream fed by snowmelt.
CPW biologists hope the fish, each a year old and
about 4 inches long, will thrive and continue the
long process of restoring the native greenback in
its historic habitat of the South Platte River drain-
age and remove it from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service¡¯s list of threatened species.
But there are no guarantees that all the hard work
will succeed in rescuing the rare fish. Still, CPW
and its partners at USFWS, the U.S. Bureau of
Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and
the National Park Service, are determined to try to
save the greenback, honored as the official state
fish of Colorado.
Since discovering the pure greenback population
in 2012, in a tiny ribbon of water known as Bear
Creek on the southwest edge of Colorado Springs
in the Arkansas River drainage, CPW staff has
mounted a massive effort to walk Bear Creek,
collect and spawn the fish each spring, rear them
in hatcheries and now painstakingly stock them
in a reservoir and two streams that the agency
cleansed of other non-native fish to create the
best conditions possible for their survival.
Despite all that work, the first stocking effort of
4,000 tiny, one-inch greenbacks on Herman Gulch
and Dry Gulch last September was somewhat dis-
appointing. A recent survey of the streams found
no survivors. As a result, CPW decided to restock
July 17 with 960 older, more robust greenbacks.
The earlier release date also was designed to give
the fish more time to acclimate and grow before
winter. What CPW researchers know is that it
takes approximately 3 years to restock and estab-
lish fish in a stream.
Presiding over the restocking effort were Boyd
Wright, CPW¡¯s Northeast Region aquatic conserva-
tion biologist and Paul Winkle, area aquatic biolo-
gist. Also assisting was Harry Crockett, CPW¡¯s
Hunting Licenses Available
DENVER, CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife will
celebrate Colorado Day, Monday, Aug. 7 by of-
fering free entrance at all 41 state parks. Colo-
rado Day was created by the state legislature
to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted
in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free en-
trance at the state parks is an annual Colorado
Day tradition. Although the state celebrates its
141 birthday on Aug. 1, state parks will only of-
fer free entrance on Aug. 7.
¡°Colorado Day is an opportunity for everyone to
get outside and experience the diverse natural
beauty and recreational activities that all of the
41 state parks have to offer,¡± said Gary Thorson,
assistant director for information and education
for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. ¡°This day is also
the agency¡¯s opportunity to say ¡®thank you¡¯ to
all of our residents and visitors who enjoy our
state parks for their continued support.¡±
All other fees, including camping and reserva-
tions will remain in effect on Aug. 7.
The state parks, scattered throughout Colorado,
showcase the state¡¯s diverse landscapes, includ-
ing the prairies of the eastern plains at John
Martin Reservoir State Park, the alpine beauty
of the mountains at Sylvan Lake State Park near
Eagle and the unique geological landscapes at
Roxborough State Park. There are also plenty
of opportunities to enjoy Colorado¡¯s rivers at
James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park near
Grand Junction, the Arkansas Headwaters Rec-
reation Area in Salida and Yampa River State
Park near Craig. There¡¯s plenty of outdoor fun
at the reservoirs at Trinidad Lake State Park,
North Sterling State Park, Lathrop State Park
near Walsenburg and Navajo State Park near
Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State
Park are the most visited parks, but Colorado
Day is a chance to sample the trails at Lory
State Park near Fort Collins and the beauty at
Rifle Falls State Park and Paonia State Park.
There are a huge variety of recreational oppor-
tunities at all Colorado State Parks. Float your
boat or kayak, or raft a river. View diverse wild-
life and a multitude of bird species. Catch fish,
hike, explore by geocaching, ride some of the
Free Day @State Parks
best OHV trails in the state or go horseback rid-
ing. Teach your children to fish, camp or learn
about nature. Climb a challenging rock face, fly a
kite or ride your bike.
Come play all day, enjoy a picnic and stay for the
sunset. This Colorado Day, be sure to get out to
a state park for a fun-filled day that the whole
family can enjoy.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 41 state
parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of
Colorado¡¯s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor
recreation. For more information go to:
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on
license sales, state parks fees and registration
fees to support its operations, including: 41 state
parks and more than 350 wildlife areas cover-
ing approximately 900,000 acres, management
of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camp-
ing, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating
and outdoor education. CPW¡¯s work contributes
approximately $6 billion in total economic impact
annually throughout Colorado.
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your own logo!
All purchases require a current and valid photo
ID, proof of residency, social security number, and
a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was
born on or before Jan 1, 1949. Online verification
requires input of the hunter education information
located on the card and the state in which it was
issued. Be sure to bring this card with you for in-
person sales.
To sign up for a Hunter Education course go to:
Apprentice licenses are available in 2017, as well
as hunter education test-out options for U.S.
military and individuals 50-years of age or older.
Learn more at:
HE-Apprentice-Hunter-Certificate.aspx and at:
For more information on purchasing licenses visit:
If you have questions about hunting or hunt plan-
ning contact CPW at 303.297.1192.
Long Term Efforts Continue
Colorado Parks & Wildlife reminds hunters
of Leftover List license sales
DENVER, CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife re-
minds hunters that Leftover limited licenses
(licenses remaining after the primary and leftover
draws) go on sale in person and by phone Tues-
day, Aug 1 at 9a MDT. These licenses will also be
available for online purchase starting at midnight
MDT on Aug 2nd.
The frequently updated list of leftover licenses
is now available for review at:
Over-the-counter licenses with caps for bear and
over-the-counter unlimited licenses are cur-
rently available for purchase online, by phone at
1.800.244.5613 or in person at CPW locations or
license agents.
¡°A valid license is an essential step in planning
your hunt each year in Colorado,¡± said Cory
Chick, CPW¡¯s license manager. ¡°Being familiar
with CPW¡¯s hunting regulations and brochures
can help you decide on the right tag for the right
location and learn the appropriate rules to follow
in those areas.¡±