First bear of 2021 spotted northeast of Durango

The first bear of the year in La Plata County has been spotted, a sign the ursines may soon be waking from their winter hibernation. Lyle Wilmarth, a retired wildlife officer for Colorado Parks and...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

VIDEO: Mountain lion drags deer from Hermosa home

A Hermosa woman who woke up in the early morning hours to care for her 4-month-old baby was in for a bit of a surprise when she opened the blinds and saw a mountain lion, just a few feet away from...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chronic wasting disease found in deer in Southwest Colorado

For the first time, chronic wasting disease in deer has been found in the Four Corners after testing conducted during the 2020 hunting season, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado livestock meeting addresses grazing, wolves

The annual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association took place at a larger venue this year because of pandemic restrictions, and relevant topics important to ranching and agriculture...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

For first time ever, Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer in Southwest Colorado

Although it was considered inevitable, a long-feared disease that affects elk, deer and moose was detected for the first time ever in Southwest Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced this...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Massive ranch northeast of Durango to be protected from development

A more than 700-acre property northeast of Durango has been placed in a conservation easement, seen as a huge win for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but also the city of Durango’s drinking...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pair of bald eagles buck migration trend, calling Durango home

An effort to track eagle movements in Southwest Colorado, spearheaded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has given new insight into just how far the iconic birds migrate across the continent. “We...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials seek person who illegally shot deer through the nose

A deer found with an arrow through its nose in Durango required rescue after it was illegally shot. “This has nothing to do with hunting,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought causing issues for Durango’s fish hatchery

Prolonged drought in Southwest Colorado is now affecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango. Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for CPW, said the Durango Fish Hatchery, along the banks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife rescues orphaned cub north of Durango

An orphaned baby bear was rescued this week north of Durango, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said in an email to The Durango Herald that a female cub was...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why did bears stay away from populated areas this year in Southwest Colorado?

With all the attention on this year’s highly contentious election and the onslaught of news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, one issue that usually takes the spotlight in Southwest Colorado went...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual Durango bird count tallies record number of species

Avid bird watchers in La Plata County spotted a record number of species this year based on record-keeping that goes back more than 70 years. Every December since 1949, volunteers for the National...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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