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In past years, bucks have gored people and
dogs. If you see deer in your neighborhood
keep your distance. Never attempt to get
close to deer, never feed them and never try
to pet them.
Bucks in the rut may also spar with and be-
come tangled in swing sets, volleyball nets,
bicycles, vegetable-wire cages, hoses, etc.
¡°We¡¯ve seen
bucks hung
up in things
like hammocks,
clothes lines
and plastic
Dorsey said.
¡°When that
happens it¡¯s
very stressful
on the animal
and sometimes (Image credit: Jerry
McBride, Durango Herald)
It can also be dangerous for people who
might come in contact with a deer that is in a
stressed-out condition.¡±
So now is the time to take a look at your
yard, bring in the summer toys and check if
there are other things that can snare deer.
If items can¡¯t be removed, CPW recommends
tying long strands of brightly colored survey-
or¡¯s tape to them which might help to keep
the animals away.
People displaying holiday decorations and
lights are also asked to exercise caution.
Lights should be attached firmly to struc-
tures, or strung at least eight feet off the
ground. Avoid draping lights loosely on top
of shrubbery or wrapping lights around tree
If you do see an animal with items stuck in
its antlers call the nearest CPW office.
Do not approach the animal or attempt to cut
them off yourself.
The rut for deer usually continues until late
Drivers are also reminded to slow down and
be on the lookout for deer on highways.
Deer have migrated to winter range and are
likely to be close to major roadways at this
time of year.
Deer mating season underway,
be cautious, clean up yards
DURANGO, CO: Throughout Colo-
rado deer are in the midst of their
mating season and Colorado Parks
and Wildlife is reminding residents
to take precautions to avoid
¡°Buck deer can be aggressive and
lose their usual wariness of people
at this time of year,¡±
said Patt Dorsey, southwest re-
gional manager for Colorado Parks
and Wildlife.
During the ¡°rut¡± bucks are territo-
rial and loaded with testosterone.
They may attack people that ap-
pear to be competitive rivals. Deer
can also see dogs as threats.
Nature & Wildlife
2017 December/January
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
federally threatened Gunnison sage-grouse.
This prime piece of property was conveyed to CPW
to promote ongoing conservation efforts in San
Miguel County for the native bird.
¡°For many years, CPW together with the San
Miguel Gunnison sage-grouse Working Group
identified this important piece of habitat for the
conservation of the bird,¡± said Renzo DelPiccolo,
area wildlife manager for CPW in Montrose. ¡°So
when Tri-State worked cooperatively with BLM and
the landowner to purchase this key property, we
were thrilled.¡±
As part of its efforts to further sage-grouse habitat
protections during the rebuilding of a southwest
Colorado transmission line, Tri-State acquired the
parcel and then donated it to CPW to own and
¡°This project was an excellent example of collabo-
ration between the utility industry, the BLM and
CPW to mitigate impacts to a federally threatened
species while ensuring reliable power to our mem-
bers,¡± said Karl Myers, Tri-State¡¯s transmission
siting, permitting and environmental manager.
¡°Tri-State is grateful to our partners at Colorado
Parks and Wildlife for their collaboration and
engagement to help protect the areas that our
members serve.¡±
The property adjoins the existing 2,500-acre Dan
Noble State Wildlife Area, which also holds Mi-
ramonte Reservoir. In addition, the state wildlife
area is bordered by more than 2,500 acres of
property that is protected by conservation ease-
ments and stewardship trust programs to protect
wildlife habitat, as well as lands managed by the
U.S. Forest Service.
Very little development will ever take place in the
¡°This helps to connect a landscape that provides
habitat and migration corridors, not only for Gun-
nison sage-grouse, but for a wide variety of wild-
life, including deer, elk, small mammals and birds,¡±
DelPiccolo said.
The Miramonte basin, where Dan Noble State
Wildlife Area and the new mitigation parcel are
located, provides the core habitat for the majority
of Gunnison sage-grouse in the San Miguel Basin.
For several years, CPW has fitted birds with radio
collars and biologists learned that sage grouse
are reliant on the habitat in the area for breeding,
nesting, brood-rearing and wintering.
¡°This parcel has everything that Gunnison sage-
grouse need and is one of the most important
areas for the bird in the entire San Miguel Basin.
Grouse have demonstrated that they use this
property for the entire year,¡± DelPiccolo said.
To protect Gunnison sage-grouse during the
critical spring breeding season, the parcel will be
closed to all activity from March 1 to May 15 every
CPW will build a wildlife-friendly fence around the
property, but until that project is complete the
parcel is closed to the public. When the fencing
project is finished the area will be open to small
and big game hunting during the regular seasons.
CPW biologists estimate that the population of
Gunnison sage-grouse in the San Miguel Basin is
about 240. CPW is working on habitat projects to
boost the population of the bird.
In 2016, Tri-State¡¯s Colowyo Mine in northwest
Colorado was recognized by CPW as partner of the
year for the power supplier¡¯s collaborative efforts
with the state to protect wildlife habitat.
Being Deer Aware
CPW writing management plan for desert
bighorns; public input requested
MONTROSE, CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife is
developing a new management plan for desert
bighorn sheep in western Colorado and is inviting
anyone interested to provide input.
The management plan includes areas near the
Dolores River in Montezuma, Montrose, San Miguel
and Dolores counties. CPW biologists estimate that
about 175 desert bighorns inhabit this area. In
2017, five hunting licenses for rams were issued.
The statewide population is estimated at 540.
In Colorado, desert bighorn sheep populations are
managed within specific geographic areas. Man-
agement plans, written every 10 years, include
habitat evaluation, history of the herd, manage-
ment issues, public comments and establishment
of preferred population and sex-ratio objectives.
The plan is used to guide the number of hunting
licenses that are issued annually.
Public input is valuable and used to help deter-
mine objectives within the plan. Those interested
are asked to take an on-line survey at the CPW
web site. Filling out the survey will help CPW learn
what the public thinks about these animals and
how people interact with them. The information
will be used by CPW to develop its management
The survey can be found on the CPW web site at:
The link is on the right side of the page.
If you would like a hard copy of the survey or have
any questions about the plan please contact Brad
Banulis in Montrose at 970.252.6051 or by email
at: or Brad Weinmeister
in Durango at 970.375.6714 or by email at:
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 covering
approximately 900,000 acres, management of
fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping,
motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and
outdoor education. CPW¡¯s work contributes ap-
proximately $6 billion in total economic impact
annually throughout Colorado.
Bighorn Survey Online
Land Given
project protects
Gunnison sage-
grouse habitat in
western Colorado
Tri-State Genera-
tion and Transmis-
sion Association,
the Bureau of Land
Management and
Colorado Parks and
Wildlife recently
completed a col-
laborative effort
to permanently
protect 505 acres
of property in San
Miguel County, that
provides important
habitat for the