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January 20, 2009


DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife today named Duke and Janet Phillips recipients of the 2008 “Landowner of the Year” award.  The Phillips received this award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation, community service and innovative management of the Chico Basin Ranch, located in El Paso and Pueblo counties.

“The Phillips family and the staff at the Chico Basin Ranch exemplify the highest degree of land stewardship,” said Ken Morgan, Division of Wildlife Private Lands Coordinator.  “Their regard for the ecosystem, their appreciation and respect for wildlife and their desire to share these values with others makes them the perfect recipient for this award.”

Duke and his wife Janet began managing the Chico Basin Ranch in 1999, under a 25-year lease agreement with the Colorado State Land Board.  Since acquiring the property, the Phillips have developed the 87,000-acre cattle ranch into an environmentally friendly and diverse enterprise, one that offers a variety of educational, recreational and public outreach programs.

The Chico Basin Ranch attracts 1,500 to 2,500 visitors annually, including vacationers, K-12 and University students, youth organizations and non-profit groups.  Guests may participate in a variety of recreational activities including fishing, hunting, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding.  The Phillips have combined many of these activities with educational clinics, providing participants with an active, hands-on learning experience.

In addition, the Chico Basin also has become one of the most popular and well-known bird watching sights in Colorado.  The ranch is home to over 300 bird species and is a featured destination on the Colorado Birding Trail.

The Phillips are active in monitoring the abundant wildlife resources on the ranch and have a history of allowing conservation agencies and organizations access to conduct wildlife surveys on their property.  Since 2000, The Chico Basin has worked in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the Division of Wildlife to operate a bird banding station, which for the past three seasons the Phillips have funded with capitol from the ranch.  The Colorado Division of Wildlife also has conducted annual studies for the Arkansas darter and plains leopard frog on the property.

Janet and Duke will receive a trip to Denver where they will be recognized at the National Western Stock Show on January 22nd and at the Colorado RV, Sports, Boat and Travel Show in March.

Each year, the Colorado Wildlife Commission and the Colorado Agricultural Commission select a private landowner who has made outstanding contributions in providing beneficial habitat to Colorado’s wildlife and/or providing public hunting and fishing access on private lands.  This award is part of the Division of Wildlife’s Landowner Recognition Program, which works to improve communication between landowners, sportsmen and the Division.

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Colorado DOW adds new easement

December 25, 2008

The Colorado Division of Wildlife secured one really great present for everyone a few days ago. I cannot think of anything that has been acquired on a scale like this since the acquisition of the Forrest of the Bear, Bosque del Oso SWA.


GUNNISON – Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers will soon have access to an additional 4,800 acres of terrain in Saguache County in south central Colorado thanks to a new conservation easement. The easement, which includes public access, was purchased by the Colorado Division of Wildlife with money from the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp program and in cooperation with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

Combined with a previous easement at this site, the public will have access to 7,100 acres, including 8 miles of cold-water stream that provides excellent fishing.

After two years of negotiations, the DOW closed Dec. 18 on the deal which will provide permanent protection from development for significant big game winter range habitat, Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat, more than 4 miles of cold-water stream and riparian habitat along Cochetopa Creek, and public access. The land is located about 35 miles south of Gunnison, with easy access from Colorado Highway 114.

“This is a tremendous addition to the conservation of overall wildlife resources for the people of Colorado,” said J Wenum, area wildlife manager for the DOW in Gunnison. “This property provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, and includes a great trout stream and riparian areas. The easement also provides public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.”

On three sides, the property adjoins BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands, and the Dome Lakes State Wildlife Area. The proximity guarantees that migration corridors for wildlife will remain in perpetuity. The newly acquired property also adjoins the existing Cochetopa State Wildlife area, a pre-existing easement that totals 2,300 acres and includes 4 miles of cold-water stream. The two easements are now combined and total 7,100 acres and 8 miles of stream. The original easement, set up in the 1970s on what was the Coleman Ranch, was the first of its kind acquired by the DOW. That ranch was later purchased by Terry and Joanne Snyder of Norwood who have owned the entire Snyder Ranch for more than twenty years.

“The Snyder Ranch acquisitions will insure that important big game, small game, Gunnison Sage-grouse and fishery habitats are protected in perpetuity,” said Tom Spezze, southwest regional manager for the DOW. “It will also provide the public with some very significant and quality hunting and fishing opportunities for future generations to enjoy. This important acquisition exemplifies what the intent of the Habitat Stamp set out to accomplish for wildlife, hunters and anglers. I have known and worked with the Snyders since the 1980s. I am very proud and appreciative that we have established this long-term ranching and wildlife partnership between the DOW and the Snyder family.”

Much of the property is irrigated hay meadows and riparian areas which provide excellent winter range and migration corridors for elk, year-around range for pronghorn and habitat for numerous other wildlife species. The livestock operation will continue. The Snyder family will continue to manage grazing activities so that pastures remain in good shape. Because of the large pasture configurations on the property, wildlife can move easily through the ranch.

“The property has been well taken care of and the family understands the value of wildlife,” Wenum said.

Public access areas will be established and the DOW plans to have the area ready for the public by the summer of 2009.

“This was a complicated transaction but it was well worth the extra effort. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the Snyder Family,” Wenum said.

The Colorado Habitat Stamp Program was started by the DOW in 2006 after approval by the Colorado State Legislature. Since then the DOW has collected more than $10 million, leveraged that money for an additional $38 million in grants and partnerships, and has protected more than 40,000 acres of land in Colorado.

Great Outdoors Colorado continues to provide critical matching dollars for Habitat Stamp projects. GOCO receives approximately $53 million annually from the Colorado Lottery. The GOCO program was enacted by Colorado voters in 1992 to help local governments, land trusts, DOW and Colorado State Parks protect and enhance the state’s park, wildlife, trails and open space heritage.

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November 20, 2008

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will host a Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Colorado Springs Nov. 20, from 6-9 p.m.

The class will be led by a trio of DOW biologists who will cover the basics on waterfowl hunting with subject matter geared for the novice waterfowl hunter.  Topics will include hunting tactics, regulations, duck identification, hunting techniques, and where to go and what to look for in a hunting location.

The class is free, but space is limited to 50, so participants must call (719) 227-5207 to pre-register.

The Division of Wildlife office is located at 4255 Sinton Road.

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November 20, 2008

This is something that was long over due, and all that I can say is better late than never!

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) would like to remind anglers and small game hunters that the license structure for fishing and small game hunting has changed.

Beginning April 1, 2009, all annual licenses including fishing, senior fishing, small game, furbearer, combination fishing and hunting, Colorado waterfowl stamps, habitat stamps and walk-in access permits are valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year.

“Annual licenses will no longer expire on January 1,” said Henrietta Turner, DOW licensing manager.  “We’ve changed the calendar-based system to a season-year format, so licenses coincide better with our small game seasons.”

All licenses purchased in 2008 will remain valid through March 31, 2009.

Anglers should continue using the 2008 Colorado Fishing Regulations brochure through March 2009. The 2009 Colorado Fishing Regulation brochure will be available mid-to-late March at all DOW offices and license agents statewide. The new brochure will be valid until March 31, 2010, coinciding with the new license structure.

All 2009 annual fishing, small game, furbearer and combination licenses will be available for purchase beginning on December 15.  These licenses will remain valid through March 31, 2010.

Licenses make great holiday gifts and are available on the DOW Web site (, at license agents or by calling: 1-800-244-5613.

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August 15, 2008

oin the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) for a free evening seminar to explain the Walk-in Access program that provides small game hunters with places to hunt in Eastern Colorado.  Learn about places to hunt in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the state, with a particular focus on dove season.  Biologists and wildlife managers will provide information on dove hunting, how to best use the walk-in access program, and a short update on new regulations.   Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

What: Small Game Hunting Access Program and Dove Hunting Seminar

When: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Where: Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect, Fort Collins – directly west of the DOW office

How: To register, please email the Division of Wildlife at or call 970-472-4447.


When: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Where: DOW Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway, Denver

How: To register, please email the Division of Wildlife at or call 303-291-7386.

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August 3, 2008

On July 15 the Colorado Division of Wildlife recently started a new phase of its moose program with the release of a two-year-old bull moose in a remote area south of Gunnison.

The moose was transplanted from Utah where there is an abundance of the species in the northern part of the state near Ogden.

The DOW plans to release up to 30 moose on the north edge of the La Garita Wilderness area in Game Management Unit 67 to supplement the small population that exists in the area now. The area contains very good moose habitat. The moose will be released as they become available from Utah. The transfers will continue until the target number is reached.

Wildlife officers in Utah notify the DOW after they’ve captured animals that have wandered out of the mountains into subdivisions or other inappropriate areas. On a moment’s notice, DOW officers drive to Price, Utah, to load the animals and transport them in a horse trailer to Gunnison.

All translocated Moose will receive two green ear tags. The cow moose will also be fitted with radio telemetry collars to allow the DOW to track the animals’ movements and to determine if they are reproducing.

The DOW wants to hear from anyone who spots one of these moose in the area. People who see a moose are asked to record as much information about the sighting as possible: location, type of habitat, ear tag numbers, number of animals, if the animal has a radio collar, time of day, date, pictures and any other relevant information. Report any sightings to the DOW office in Gunnison at (970)641-7061, or send an e-mail to

The DOW is also working with the U.S. Forest Service to evaluate moose habitat in the Taylor Park area northeast of Gunnison. About 20 moose live in that area now and wildlife managers want to determine if the area could support more animals. A public process will be initiated in the future to gather input and provide information on habitat analysis and possible management plan objectives.

The release of the moose will eventually provide more hunting and wildlife viewing opportunity for the public.

The DOW estimates there are about 1,800 moose in Colorado. Since the late 1970s the DOW has transplanted moose in North Park, in the upper Rio Grande Drainage and on the Grand Mesa.


Game Thieves in Colorado

August 1, 2008


The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has offered a $1,000 reward for information about a recent bear shooting in Trinidad.  DOW officers want information about a 425-pound bear found dead in a yard between Colorado and Kansas Avenues Monday night.

Anyone with knowledge of the shooting should call the “Operation Game Thief” hot line at 1-877-265-6648 or local DOW officer Bob Holder at (719) 680-1410.  According to Holder, a resident said a large bear was sleeping in their yard.  When Holder arrived on the scene, he discovered the bear had been shot.

“There are some circumstances when it is legal to shoot a bear, it is not legal to kill a bear just because it wanders through your property or gets into your trash,” said Holder.

DOW officers say help from the public is often the only way that poachers are apprehended.  One of the best ways to report violations is to call the “Operation Game Thief” hot line at 1-877-COLO-OGT (1-877-265-6648).  Or, they can e-mail Operation Game Thief at  Citizens can remain completely anonymous, and are elligible for cash rewards for their information leads to issuing a citation.

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Pathetic, simply pathetic…

Black bears in Colorado

June 20, 2008

It is indeed that time again folks! If you are a Boulder granola crunching chai swilling anti hunter then please, support your local EMS! Feed the bears, by hand. Kiss the bears, on their noses, and do it all on film! In any case, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has put together a lot of very good information. Children will especially like the links to photos.

With the awakening of bears across Colorado, comes a new suite of tools available to the public from the Division of Wildlife (DOW).  Living with bears in Colorado is a new web page filled with materials that those who care about bears can use in their community, at the campsite, or on the trail to encourage responsible stewardship.

Bears that get comfortable being in close proximity to people are often more likely to pose a threat to human safety.  Every year, the DOW must take on the difficult task of putting down bears that have been habituated to human-provided food.  This can be avoided if all people practice and encourage ‘bear aware’ behaviors in their area.

Since human behavior is the key, the DOW has created downloadable pieces that can be utilized in areas where bears are known to frequent.  Homeowners or renters in bear country can employ:

Living with Bears brochure – explains in detail how people affect bear behavior

Bearproofing your home – a one-page handout that walks you through the necessary steps

Keep Bears Wild pledge – a written promise to help Colorado’s bears that gets you a window decal to demonstrate your commitment

Attracting birds, not bears – a one-page handout that illustrates responsible bird feeding

Bear resistant trash containers – a one-page guide on where to purchase

Hikers and campers can benefit from:

Camping and hiking in bear country – a step-by-step guide to being conscientious outdoors

Bear Encounters – what to do if you encounter a bear

And of course, children, our most dedicated bear benefactors, can enjoy:

Black bear profile – highlights the biology of bears in Colorado

Black bear challenge – an interactive game to test kids’ knowledge of bruins

Colorado Wildlife Company’s Bears – an article on bears

Be Bear Aware activity booklet – a coloring book filled with natural history

Image database – a place to search for pictures of bears

In addition, the Living with bears in Colorado web page provides some information on ‘Bear Aware’ teams—trained local members of the community who help encourage responsible behavior in their own backyards by helping neighbors learn how to bearproof, provide information about bears in the area and educate about bears in Colorado.

“We hope these new tools will move Coloradoans past knowing about enticing bears to doing something about it,” said Lisa Evans, northeast region education coordinator.  “If we work together to bearproof the homes and businesses in bear country, we can greatly reduce damage caused by bears and help prevent the unnecessary destruction of many bears every summer.”

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