Category Archives: Animals

Tarantulas Are On The Move In Southern Colorado

Something creepy takes place in southern Colorado this time of year. Tarantulas appear en masse scurrying across highways and up walls. Arachnologists Paula Cushing, of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College in Mississippi … Continue reading

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The Wolf Who Became A Legend, And A Pawn In American Culture And Politics

  Wolf O-Six photographed from Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park in October, 2012. (Courtesy:Doug McLaughlin) Journalist Nate Blakeslee chronicles the life of a wolf in the Rockies and the forces both natural and human that shape her destiny. His new book is “American Wolf: A True Story Of … Continue reading

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Digging Into The History Of Wild Horses To Understand Their Future

Wild horses are symbolic of freedom and are part of the mythology and legends of the American West. Yet growing herds are costing millions of taxpayer dollars as politics and society collide over how to manage them. Pulitzer Prize- winning … Continue reading

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Photographer Michael Crouser Captures The Realities Of ‘Mountain Ranch’ Life In Colorado

You can almost smell the scent of well worn leather in the black and white image of a cowboy swinging onto a moving horse on the cover of Minneapolis photographer Michael Crouser’s new book, “Mountain Ranch.” This collection of photos made at … Continue reading

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Better Equine Birth Control May Help Save The West’s Wild Horse Herds

Wild horse and burro herds in the west are rapidly growing. The horses and burros on public lands now number more than 72,000. Federal officials says these animals may starve or die of thirst because the rangeland can’t support them … Continue reading

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Do Animals Need More Freedom?

Animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, left, with rescued dairy cow Bessie. Bioethicist Jessica Pierce, right, with one of her family dogs, a rescue named Bella. (Courtesy Marc Bekoff and Sage Madden) You’ve probably wondered what your dog or cat is thinking. … Continue reading

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Photos Reveal The Secret Lives Of Owls

Photographer Paul Bannick of Seattle says “you don’t find owls – they find you.” He’s often called the owl whisperer and his latest book is “Owl: A Year In The Lives Of North American Owls.” It’s filled with striking images of the elusive birds … Continue reading

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Rodeo Community Mourns Death Of Legendary Announcer

An iconic voice in the rodeo community went silent when legendary announcer Hadley Barrett of Kersey died suddenly in early March. After more than 60 years behind the microphone, he was a familiar voice at rodeos around the country. Many other … Continue reading

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FDA Tightens Rules On Antibiotics In Livestock Feed

Feedlots, ranchers and even 4-H kids sometimes give their animals feed and water laced with antibiotics. This practice is known to help promote growth, as well as prevent disease. But there’s growing concern about the increase in antibiotic-resistant germs. So … Continue reading

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How To Protect Elephants? A Coloradan’s Tools Include Beehives

Colorado zookeeper Dave Johnson helps Nepalis use beehives to keep marauding elephants from decimating rice paddies. It’s one way he’s working to protect elephants, rhinos and other endangered species around the world and it’s critical because the numbers of these … Continue reading

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