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Campers Evacuated at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park due to Fire

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A brush fire is threatening the Island Acres Campground at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. The park is located in western Colorado along I-70 near Grand Junction.

At 7:00 p.m. Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Deputy Region Manager Aaron Fero reported that Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff had evacuated all campers from the campground, which was fully booked for the Memorial Day weekend. The campground has 77 campsites.

DNA Test Confirms Bear Killed by Wildlife Officers Had Attacked Young Girl

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Based on DNA evidence, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is confirming the bear killed by wildlife officers is the same bear responsible for attacking a young girl at her home in East Orchard Mesa early in the morning on Mother's Day.

The animal is described as a two-year-old male, cinnamon-colored black bear, weighing 150 pounds. The necropsy revealed the bear was in good body condition with no signs of diseases. Rabies testing was negative.

Kiowa County Commissioners Named Parks Southeast Region Partner of the Year

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The Kiowa County Board of Commissioners has been honored with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for 2018.

The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors conference last week in Breckenridge. The Kiowa County Board of Commissioners was nominated by CPW's Rick Gardner, who serves as a district wildlife manager in the Lamar area. Accepting the award on behalf of the county was Commissioner Cindy McLoud.

Bear Attacks Child Overnight Near Grand Junction

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An investigation is underway following a bear attack on a child that occurred over night near Grand Junction in Mesa County.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers interviewed the five-year-old girl's mother. She said she heard screaming around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and discovered a black bear dragging her daughter away. The bear dropped the child when her mother started screaming at the animal. She believes her daughter went outside after hearing noises, thinking it was her dog.

Map and Compass Basics Course Offered

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The Rocky Mountain Conservancy's Field Institute is offering an course titled "Orienteering for Beginners: Map & Compass Basics in RMNP", which will be held May 19.

The half day course is designed for the recreational hiker who has little or no experience reading a topographic map or working with a compass. Participants will learn to read contour lines, recognize landforms, calculate percent and angle of slope, become familiar with compass components, compass bearings, correcting for magnetic declination, and more.