Annual Sandhill Cranes Spring Migration Festival Returns to San Luis Valley

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The annual spring migration of greater sandhill cranes is in full force in southern Colorado. If you've never seen these beautiful birds gathering in huge numbers, be sure to put it on your bucket list.

"People in Colorado should take time to see the cranes; the migration is truly one of nature's wonders," said Joe Lewandowski, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Opens Applications for 2018 Big Game Licenses

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Applications are now open for limited 2018 big game, sheep and mountain goat hunting licenses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages all hunters to prepare and apply early for this year's license draw. 2018 will be the first big game draw process conducted in the new CPW integrated purchasing system, which means there are some significant changes for sportsmen and women this year.

Ranger Station: No Winter Hibernation for Rangers as ‘Summer Season’ Expands

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Park rangers get all kinds of questions from the millions of visitors Colorado Parks and Wildlife receives each year at our 41 state parks.

A good portion of my work each day involves answering those questions, which range from simple requests for directions to advice on hiking, camping or boating to inquiries about the history of a park. (I even end every Ranger Station by inviting questions from readers.)

We also get our share of silly questions such as: "Why do you let snakes live here?"

Sand Creek Massacre Site Closed Two Days this Week

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Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will be closed Wednesday, February 21, and Thursday, February 22, 2018. The purpose of the two-day closure is for annual staff and administrative planning purposes and will include both the park, located near Chivington, and the park's administrative office in Eads. Both the park and the administrative office will reopen Friday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Weeks of Preparation, Chaotic ‘Bighorn Sheep Rodeo’ Pay Off in Herd Restoration

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It didn't look like the typical nitty gritty work of wildlife conservation.

For a few chaotic minutes Monday, it looked like the "Bighorn Sheep Rodeo." And it seemed the Colorado Parks and Wildlife wranglers were losing.

But the tide turned quickly and soon the bucking bighorn sheep were subdued by about 100 CPW wildlife officers, biologists, staff and volunteers who swarmed some 30 sheep from Colorado Springs' Rampart herd trapped under a 70-by-70 foot net.

Tip Leads to Poaching, Felony Drug Arrests

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An anonymous tip prompted a poaching investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers that ended in the arrest and conviction of two Colorado Springs men for wildlife crimes.

February 8, 2018, in Fourth Judicial District Court, Yevgeniy Bikrev, 33, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife, hunting on private property without permission and hunting out of season. He was fined $2,259 by Judge Christopher Acker.