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Black Bear Management In Estes Park

From Rick Spowart, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Manager Just as April showers bring May flowers, the onset of spring brings another natural phenomenon as black bears awaken from winter hibernation and start to show up in and around the Estes Valley. In most cases seeing a bear is an exciting and memorable experience, however over familiarity of bears with human habitations and all their attractants can be da ...

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It’s Happened Again…

Homeowners encouraged to bring in or stow away items elk may tangle with By: Kris Hazelton It’s springtime in the Estes Valley and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is urging everyone to please look around your homes, yards and businesses for items that the bull elk may get tangled up in. Just this week, Division of Parks and Wildlife Manager Rick Spowart was called out to help a young bull elk wh ...

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Great Horned Owl Release

By: Scott Rashid, Director of CARRI This past Tuesday, Grant Spencer president of CARRI and I went down to the Birds of Prey Foundation (BOP) in Broomfield to pick up Sutton the Great Horned Owl that many of you read about a few months ago. As you may remember, Sutton was found lethargic and unresponsive near a home on Sutton Avenue (hence his name). I fed him small bits of food for three days and nights be ...

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help out the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District around the 9 Hole Golf Course and Lake Estes Trail during the upcoming elk calving season. Help is needed at various times throughout the week to assist with crowd control and keeping people a safe distance away from the animals as calving season approaches. Call to register for a short informational training session which will ...

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Bluebird Nest Boxes Available

While Grant Spencer and I were placing the owl nest boxes a few weeks ago, many of you asked for bluebird boxes. We have built a number of nest boxes for blue birds that are available for placement. In the Estes Valley, there has been at times all three bluebird species nesting. The three species are; the mountain, western and Eastern Bluebirds. The most common species, the Mountain Bluebirds prefer open co ...

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Five Northern Saw-whet Owl Nest Boxes Still Need A Home

Photos and article by: Scott Rashid Grant, Susan and I would like to thank everyone who has allowed us to place the Northern Saw-whet Owl nest boxes on their property. We do have five boxes left that can be placed if there is still an interest. Unfortunately, due to the excess wind that we have been experiencing it has been difficult for us to listen for any vocalizing owls. On the plus side, the snow that ...

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