Outside briefs, June 4, 2016

Tips for avoiding cougar attacks

Sightings of mountain lions are becoming more common in Colorado as more people get outdoors. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that although attacks by cougars on people are exceedingly rare, the agency still advises exercising some caution and following these tips.

Hiking: Hike with a partner, carry a pole or stick, and make some noise as you’re moving along. When hiking with children, keep them close. Lions are most active at night, so be most cautious when hiking at dawn and dusk.

If you see a cougar: Don’t run because it can trigger the predator’s response. Instead, raise your arms above your head and make yourself look big, back away slowly, talk to the lion in a loud voice and if possible throw a stick or rock at the animal.

Children: Tell children to stay close to the house, especially at dusk. Tell them to go indoors if they see a mountain lion. Tell them to make themselves look big and yell at the lion.

Around the house: Clear brush away from buildings and the yard to eliminate hiding places. Install motion detectors for night lighting. Do not provide food for any wildlife — even a bird-feeder can attract deer and raccoons, which, in turn, can attract cougars.

Pets: If pets are outside unattended, they should be kept in an enclosed pen. Pets should be brought indoors at dusk and don’t allow pets to roam free.

If you see a mountain lion in your area and you’re concerned, please call the closest CPW office.

Gothic Corridor closed for
2 months beginning June 15


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have issued a Forest Supervisor’s Order to restrict dispersed camping in the area known as the “Gothic Corridor” from June 15 to August 15.

This area includes lands adjacent to National Forest System Road No. 317 from the southern gate near Mount Crested Butte to the Gunnison National Forest Boundary at Schofield Pass and from NFSR No. 317 to the Wilderness boundary on the west and the ridgeline on the east. Camping in the Gothic Campground will continue to be allowed.

Additionally, the order prohibits motorized vehicle travel off designated routes in the area at any time. Motor vehicles may be parked along the designated routes for day use within one vehicle length from the edge of the road surface. Designated routes in the Gothic corridor include NFSR No. 317 and spurs (A, B, C, E, and G) and NFSR No. 569 and No. 956. This restriction will be in effect year-round.

Because of the high level of use, motorized vehicle traffic and dispersed camping within the corridor the soil and vegetation has been affected. The increased presence of trash and human waste has also increased the need for management action.

Recreation use in the corridor has compromised numerous research sites in the area, some of which date back to 1928.

Cast and Blast is June 24-26


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will sponsor a “Cast and Blast” event for men June 24-26 .

The event is for men ages 18-40, who are interested in learning how to fish and hunt. The weekend event will be at beautiful Lone Cone-Jim Olterman State Wildlife Area located north of Norwood, San Miguel County in southwestern Colorado.

“There is no better way to burn off the stress of this 24-7 world than to get out of town and into Colorado’s mountains for some hunting and fishing,” said Mark Caddy, district wildlife manager in the Montrose area, “We want to teach (men) some skills to make (them) comfortable in the woods.”

The class is especially designed for men who have no experience or limited experience with firearms, archery, hunting and fishing and camping. Participants will learn some of the basics of wildlife biology, fly fishing, shotgun shooting and archery.

Firearms and fishing gear will be provided. Attendees will be selected from applications submitted to the Montrose Service Center of Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 2300 South Townsend Ave; Montrose, CO,  81401. Applications can be obtained by calling 970-252-6000 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). A $40 refundable deposit is required.

Black Canyon Audubon Society annual dinner is June 21


The Parks and Wildlife of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies will be the featured presentation at the annual dinner of the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society on June 21 at Remington’s Restaurant in Montrose.

Gunnison biologist and photographer Arden Anderson recently spent four months traveling in Alaska from Ketchikan to Barrow, the northern most point of the United States, by boat, kayak, plane, motor vehicle and on foot to track where the birds migrating through Colorado in the spring end their journey.

The public is invited to attend the dinner and happy hour, which begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by downloading the form at the BCAS website: http://www.blackcanyonaudubon.org/ or by calling Dian Torphy, 303-709-4386.


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