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Photo by Dave Buchanan

A herd of mule deer cautiously eyes a slowing car along Colorado Highway 131 north of Wolcott. A mild winter keeps low-elevation winter range open but also allows more human disturbance.

Winter interlude

Mild weather this winter has been good for wildlife

The mild winter has been kind to wildlife.
Although a thin snowpack brings wrinkles of worry to the faces of water managers across the state, it also means easier access to graze and browse for the state’s deer, elk, pronghorn and other ungulates.
Additionally, the prolonged midwinter warm spell (one report said it was 53 degrees last Friday in Granby) meant the animals burned far fewer calories than the subzero weather usually seen in January and early February.


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