Wyoming homecoming: Embracing the familiar and the fraught — Katie Klingsporn

Originally published in WyoFile on Dec. 3. It was already dark when we crossed the Wyoming state line, but I didn’t need daylight to know what was out there. Oceans of sagebrush, the occasional pronghorn and mile upon mile of unpeopled land. I didn’t have to see the white cliffs armoring the face of the […]

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Press Release: Arizona Department of Water Resources conducting “basin sweep” to collect water level measurements in the Tucson and Santa Cruz Active Management Areas & Cienega Creek and San Rafael Basins — Arizona Water News

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shauna Evans Jan. 30, 2020 […]

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Post-holiday drought makes for its own ‘Dry January’ — News on TAP

But avoid temptation to fire up the irrigation system — just a little hand watering will do fine. The post Post-holiday drought makes for its own ‘Dry January’ appeared first on News on TAP.

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2020 November election: Gray wolves howl home to #Colorado — The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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From The Rocky Mountain Collegian (Serena Bettis):

Most loud sounds heard around Fort Collins late at night are typically from partying college kids or trains — not wild animals.

This is not the case for Coloradans living in Moffat County, where Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials confirmed a wolf pack sighting Jan. 19, according to a Jan. 22 press release.

During the investigation of an animal carcass surrounded by wolf-like tracks, CPW officers attempted to locate the wolves and heard distinct howls in the area. The press release said they observed six wolves through binoculars about 2 miles away from the carcass.

“After watching them for about 20 minutes, the officers rode in to get a closer look,” said JT Romatzke, CPW northwest region manager, in the press release. “The wolves were gone, but they found plenty of large tracks in the area.”

Gray wolves have not inhabited Colorado since roughly the 1930s when, according to the CPW website, they were “systematically eradicated” through trapping, shooting and poisoning to keep them from killing livestock.

Initiative 107, which will be on the November 2020 state ballot, proposes the reintroduction of gray wolves onto designated lands west of the Continental Divide. The initiative would require a CPW commission to implement a plan to restore and manage gray wolves; prohibit the commission from imposing any land, water or resource restrictions on private landowners; and fairly compensate owners for losses of livestock caused by gray wolves.

“We’re pretty convinced that they’re at least making themselves somewhat at home in that spot,” CPW Public Informations Officer Rebecca Ferrell told FOX31 Denver.

The wolves were spotted in northwest Moffat County, which is about 300 miles away from Fort Collins. It is possible the wolves came from neighboring Wyoming or Utah, though CPW has not released any information on that matter.

Wolves are capable of traveling long distances, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, meaning they even could have traveled from a Montana or Idaho Wolf Recovery Area.

The press release said that while wolves remain federally protected, they are also under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The gray wolf is still considered an endangered species by FWS, and killing a wolf can result in federal charges.

CPW urges the public to immediately contact them if anyone sees or hears wolves or finds any evidence of wolf activity in Colorado. CPW’s website has a wolf sighting form that must be filled out on a computer and not a mobile device.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.

Habitat resurrection means aquatic love connection — News on TAP

Brown trout swarm to spawn at newly restored section of Williams Fork. The post Habitat resurrection means aquatic love connection appeared first on News on TAP.

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Do you think you’re using water wisely indoors? — News on TAP

Follow this easy-to-use guide to determine if you have any water waste in your home and become more efficient today. The post Do you think you’re using water wisely indoors? appeared first on News on TAP.

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Snowy Crop Circles at Dillon Reservoir — News on TAP

International artist combines math, snowshoes and nature to create snow art. The post Snowy Crop Circles at Dillon Reservoir appeared first on News on TAP.

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