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Elk Viewing Is Best From A Safe Distance Any Time Of Year!

Photo: Inside of your car is certainly a safer place but bulls have been know to gore automobiles. Each September and October, thousands of visitors are drawn to Estes Park to watch herds of elk gather in the valley for their mating season, or “rut.” With this popular activity comes the responsibility for everyone to think about safety and respect these majestic animals. During the rut, the male “bull” elk ...

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Elk Fest To Be Held In Bond Park October 1 & 2

Elk Fest will be held in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park on October 1st & 2nd. Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk in the wild during the rutting season, as well as expand their knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Learn more about elk, their habitat and how to observe them safely in the wild. Elk Fest features bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, live music, a Mountain Man R ...

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19th Annual Autumn Gold Festival September 24 & 25

As the aspen turn golden in the mountains, Sunrise Valley Rotary celebrates the changing of the season with its 19th Annual Autumn Gold Festival September 24-25, 2011 in Estes Park’s tree-shaded Bond Park. Enjoy a mustard-smothered bratwurst and a cold brew while listening to talented local musicians and award-winning Front Range bands. Vendors will also offer roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh sq ...

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Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park staff will be completing significant road maintenance on Old Fall River Road starting the week of September 19. Beginning Monday, September 19, through Friday, September 23, visitors should expect up to 25 minute delays on Old Fall River Road. Beginning on Monday, September 26, the road will be closed to all traffic until Friday, September 30, and then open for the remainder of ...

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An Elk Rescue Mission

By: Kris Hazelton Last week, police dispatch received many calls of a bull elk who was tangled in some wire. The wire was wrapped tightly around the elk’s antlers, looped around his neck and across his body and around his legs. The wire posed an immediate danger as the wire was getting tighter around his neck and also, it posed a danger now that the rut is approaching. The elk are now beginning to spar with ...

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Dry Weather Drives Bears Closer To People

Bear photo by Jim Mueller The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is asking residents and vacationers in Colorado to take extra care to avoid attracting hungry bears to homes, cabins, campgrounds and picnic areas. Within the past few weeks, wildlife officers have responded to a higher than normal level of calls about bears entering homes, garages, sheds, tents, chicken coops and damaging beehives. Wildl ...

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What Everyone Should Know Before Attempting The Keyhole Route On Longs Peak

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers want those who attempt the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak to have realistic expectations of the challenges they will face to summit the 14,259 foot mountain. New informative materials, to help people plan and prepare for their climb, have been posted on the park’s website since July. The updated information includes a brochure with photographs of the different sections on t ...

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Discarded Fishing Line Tragically Harmful To Wildlife

Photo: Two distressed Cormorants, both with snagged fish hooks. Charlie Nugent photo Fishing line discarded along waterways can harm animals, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials urge anglers to dispose of line properly. Every year dozens of birds and small mammals in Colorado get tangled up in fishing line along rivers, creeks and reservoirs. "Fishing line left on the bank is dangerous," said Scott Gi ...

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