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As Colorado's Moose Population Grows, So Does Hunting

Nov 5, 2019
Courtesy of CPW


One of Colorado’s biggest wildlife attractions is not native to the state. Moose were brought to northern Colorado in the late 1970s, and in the past several years, more and more of the large mammals are showing up in the Aspen area, sometimes right in town. 

So now, wildlife officials are working to understand just how many moose are in the state — and how to manage them.  

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

In just a few weeks, black bears around the Roaring Fork Valley will settle down for a season of hibernation. But until then, they are on the hunt for food that will help them last through the winter. That hunt draws them out of the forests and hillsides and into town, where unsecured garbage serves as a tempting source of calorie-rich sustenance. 

As those bears wander into human-dominated areas, police are often called into action to make sure all parties remain unharmed, both two-legged and four.

DJ Hannigan / Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Roadside signs warn "bears are clever." Stories of bears digging through trash cans abound. As autumn rolls around, Colorado Parks and Wildlife warns that people should be on the lookout for hungrier bears.

The region's black bears are entering a period called hyperphagia. As the animals prepare for hibernation, they are on the hunt for food, packing on calories ahead of winter hibernation.

As Elk Herds Decline, Researchers Point To Recreation

Jul 2, 2019
Courtesy of Robert Hinch

Researchers are seeing red flags in the health of Colorado’s elk herds, and new research aims to understand the role that recreation plays in declining wildlife numbers. Reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy broke down the details of that research with Aspen Public Radio’s Zoe Rom. 


Basalt Council Wants More Changes At Shooting Range

Jun 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio


Officials in Basalt say recent efforts to improve safety at the shooting range near Lake Christine are helpful, but don’t go far enough.

Basalt town manager Ryan Mahoney drafted a letter on behalf of the town council that applauds Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) for removing brush to help prevent wildfires and arranging for safety officers.


But the council has a list of requests it says would make it easier for the town and gun range to coexist.


Aspen Public Radio

The bear that attacked a hiker near Aspen on Memorial Day was killed last week by wildlife officers.


According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the animal tested negative for rabies, and its stomach was almost entirely full of bird seed.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

For now, hunting and trapping bobcats in Colorado is still legal.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) decided not to ban trapping and hunting the wild cats at a meeting in Grand Junction on Thursday.

Residents, CPW Search For Long-Term Fix For Basalt Shooting Range

Oct 30, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Hunters crowd into the Basalt shooting range on a recent autumn day for last-minute practice ahead of elk and deer season. This fall, things look a little different at the range, and not just because of the fire scar that rises behind the targets where hunters take aim.

PitCo Open Space Board Agrees To Funding Wildlife Studies

Oct 9, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County has committed to using science to protect wildlife and habitat on the 5,000 acres of open space property it owns, and last week, the Open Space and Trails Board recommended spending more than $200,000 studying area wildlife.

Every ten years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) updates how it manages deer and elk populations, and it wants to know what hunters think.  


Basalt Shooting Range To Reopen Saturday

Sep 13, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced that the Basalt shooting range will reopen Saturday. It’s been closed for more than two months after the Lake Christine Fire ignited there, and there will be some changes at the range.

CPW Finds Trout That Was Thought To Be Extinct

Sep 6, 2018
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Earlier this week, biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced they have found a lineage of Colorado cutthroat trout, previously thought extinct.

CPW Asks Fishermen To Avoid Crystal River

Aug 30, 2018
Courtesy of Christy Rose

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced Thursday that it is lifting some fishing restrictions, and increasing others.

CPW Aims For Gun Range Solutions Ahead Of Hunting Season

Aug 28, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) hosted a community meeting Monday to discuss the Basalt shooting range, which has been closed since the Lake Christine Fire ignited there on July 3. Some community members in Basalt have called for the range to be relocated or closed permanently, but others would like to see the range reopened as soon as possible.

CPW To Host Second Community Meeting On Future Of Gun Range

Aug 26, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

On Monday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting the second of two community meetings to discuss the future of the Basalt gun range.

Low water levels and high temperatures are causing stress to fish in the Roaring Fork Valley, so experts are asking anglers to stop fishing in the mid-afternoon.

Governor signs bill to fund invasive species prevention

Apr 26, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that provides funding for a state program to prevent the spread of invasive species into Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs. The pressure is still on local authorities to cover most of the cost of boat inspections.

CPW: Stay off closed trails, keep distance from newborn animals

Apr 24, 2018
Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The state wildlife agency is reminding people to take steps to protect newborn animals this spring, and it starts with adhering to trail closures.

Bears are back: Officials hope for more awareness

Apr 10, 2018
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

There have been several reports of bear activity near Aspen early this spring. Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) want humans to step up their bear awareness.


Conservation groups sue feds over plans to kill bears, mountain lions

Mar 20, 2018
Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Earlier this month, three conservation organizations sued the federal government over a plan to kill bears and mountain lions near Rifle.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A bill that would allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to raise fees on hunting and fishing licenses was introduced in the state legislature last week. It would also increase state park entrance fees.

'Fresh Air Friday' brings alternative to Black Friday

Nov 24, 2017
U.S. Forest Service

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife are urging people to skip the shopping and get outside today.

The Reporter Two-Way: Plan to kill bears, cougars on hold

Nov 14, 2017
Courtesy of Justin Shoemaker,

Last week, the federal agency Wildlife Services agreed to temporarily stop killing animals in a controversial "predator control plan" near Rifle until officials complete a new environmental assessment of the project.


Hunting at Sky Mountain Park closes trails

Nov 14, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Four trails at Sky Mountain Park will be closed starting tomorrow for an elk hunt.

Wildlife officers say to leave the drones at home

Oct 20, 2017
Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Law enforcement officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) say they’re seeing more hunters using drones to track wildlife. 

Courtesy of Colorado Mountain College

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Glenwood Springs resident Dr. Carrie Hauser to the state’s Parks and Wildlife Commission. This board sets rules and oversees state parks and wildlife programs.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Hauser to talk about the appointment.

Courtesy of Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs resident Carrie Hauser has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Valley Roundup for Aug. 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Now that an affiliate of the Aspen Skiing Co. has closed on the sale of Intrawest and Mammoth Resorts, many are waiting for the equivalent of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass to be offered for the 16 ski areas we are now linked with.

And leading up to the deal, which is worth of billions of dollars, the SkiCo had its sights set on a much smaller piece of the ski industry pie.

With summer here, people are flocking to the outdoors, including the trails, campsites and reservoirs of the Colorado State Parks system. Last year, the parks hit a record number of visitors – 13.5 million.  But Colorado is struggling to keep up with the demand.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is rolling and green, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Just 45 minutes from Denver, this is the state’s fourth most popular state park. It stays that way for most of the year.

Valley Roundup, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.


Joining me in the studio this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Andy Stone, former editor of the Aspen Times, as well as Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype.