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Photo by Special to the Sentinel

A young Canada Goose practices walking with a splint on its foot at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Boulder. The youngster was found with a fishhook embedded in its foot, which had caused the foot to grow deformed.

When wildlife needs help

Wildlife rehabilitators come to the rescue for injured, orphaned animals

Last month, a kind friend of mine called me on a warm Saturday afternoon. She and her family were driving to Moab and had pulled off Interstate 70 for a pit stop.
There, they found an injured barn owl on the side of the road. The bird couldn’t fly and had trouble staying upright. It probably had been hit by a car. My friend wanted to help, but didn’t know what to do. I told her I could pick up the bird and get it to someone who could help it.


Outdoors Headlines
    Tracks of time

    At some time in the distant past — no, not last week or last year or even last lifetime — a handful of 11-foot reptiles roaming the area east of what’s now the Uncompahgre River Valley pulled off the perfect ambush.  … more

    Look closely, it might be a dinosaur track

    Whether it’s stalking dinosaur tracks or elk tracks, it takes a trained eye to see what one seeks, said Glade Hadden, who doubles as the archaeologist and paleontologist for the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose.  … more

    Water sharing accord benefits fish, farms along Little Cimarron River

    An agreement allowing the same water rights to be used for fish and for farming recently was signed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Trust.  … more

    Agency faces another dam issue

    Among the topics facing the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission at its meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Grand Junction is that of dam safety.  … more

    Watch the birdie!

    It’s really spring, if seeing all those tiny birds making more tiny birds is any indication.  … more


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