Bad actors prompt road closure, increased security on Smelter Mountain

Vandalism, illegal off-roading, dumping trash, cutting down live trees – all of these damaging actions have forced increased security and closure measures on the road going up Smelter Mountain....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife crossings coming to U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango

Both a wildlife overpass and an underpass will be built next year on U.S. Highway 160 near Chimney Rock to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions. The $11.1 million project was largely...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wandering mountain lion tracked 558 miles to Mesa Verde National Park

A roaming young mountain lion has arrived at Mesa Verde National Park after traveling 558 miles from central New Mexico, according to wildlife officials. The young male was fitted with a GPS collar...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final approval of Rico trail plan pending

The Rico Trails Project has gained preliminary approval from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The draft decision and document that found no significant environmental...

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

Winter wildlife closures around Durango take effect Dec. 1

It may still be nice outside to go out for a hike, but Colorado wildlife officials are reminding trail users that closures in certain areas take effect Tuesday to protect critical winter range for...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Disease might have spread to wild rabbits in Southwest Colorado

A highly contagious disease has been found in domestic rabbits in Montezuma County and is suspected in the wild population, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Rabbit hemorrhagic disease...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parks and Wildlife tests for chronic wasting disease in deer

A technician cuts out the lymph nodes from the neck of a decapitated mule deer, but this is not a wildlife Halloween story. Rather, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff member Chad Johnston is...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bayfield hunter encounters mountain lion: ‘Be good, kitty’

A Bayfield hunter’s video of a mountain lion, sitting silently 20 yards from him, has gained national media attention. “Hold on there kitty. I see you,” said Steve Shively, a resident near...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf murals take form on north Main Avenue in Durango

One of the reasons Durango artist Parker Ledford finds power in art is because, in art, words are not needed to convey thoughts, feelings or ideas. The power of wordless communication can be seen,...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drivers urged to use caution as big game start migrations

Drivers are urged to use extra caution this fall as deer and elk begin to migrate from the high country. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said deer have already started their...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

VIDEO: Mountain lion swims across McPhee Reservoir

A mountain lion was seen on video swimming across McPhee Reservoir last weekend in Southwest Colorado, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW posted a video of the lion swimming across the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downtown raptor center may relocate to D&SNG Museum

A small education center about birds of prey opened in downtown this summer by Raptors Wild will close at the end of September, but the nonprofit is looking to reopen next year perhaps at the...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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