Formerly quarantined ranch for sale

A commercial hunting ranch near Collbran that was shut down under a monthlong quarantine is for sale.

Hayden Outdoors, a real estate company that sells recreational property in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico, is listing the Little Creek Ranch for $5.7 million.

Eric West, the listing broker for the ranch, said the property has been on the market for about a year and that ranch owner Alan Baier plans to drop his asking price. West said Baier had intended to sell 50 percent of the ranch’s mineral rights with the ranch but now intends to hold onto those rights.

West said Baier, whose family has owned and operated the 760-acre exotic game ranch for 40 years, wants to retire. Baier’s son, Travis, operates Rimrock Adventures in Fruita and doesn’t intend to continue running the ranch, he said.

“It’s a full-time deal running hunters 12 months a year,” West said.

West said while he has shown the property several times and gets a call from a prospective buyer every couple of weeks, he and Baier figure there might be a better market for the ranch if it’s converted into a buffalo ranch.

Reached Friday afternoon,  Baier told a reporter he was on a long-distance call and asked the reporter to call back in five minutes. A subsequent call was answered by a woman with an answering service who said Baier was out of the office.

The ranch was shut down Nov. 26 after a trailer attempting to enter the ranch was found to be carrying illegally transported feral hogs and exotic sheep. Feral hogs are illegal to transport or possess in Colorado, and the truck driver did not have the proper import permits for the sheep.

The hogs tested positive for pseudorabies, which prompted the quarantine. Pseudorabies is a viral disease that causes certain animals to abort their young and also kills domestic animals.

All of the hogs on the trailer were euthanized, and Baier was ordered to kill the hogs on the ranch after they tested positive for pseudorabies. The sheep that were on the trailer were returned to Texas.

Baier also was ordered to repair the fence surrounding the ranch.

State wildlife and agriculture officials lifted the quarantine this week after an inspection found Baier had cooperated with the quarantine orders. The ranch remains under orders to remove any hogs on the ranch or nearby public property.


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