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Deer Hunters May Receive Notice to Participate in CWD Survey

Deer Hunters May Receive Notice to Participate in CWD Survey

      Credit Wayne D. Lewis/CPW   DENVER –  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected specific deer hunts for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing in 2022 to inform how and where to fight the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Beginning in early October, CPW will be sending letters to Colorado rifle season deer hunters […]

Drownings are Increasing in Colorado

Drownings are Increasing in Colorado

DENVER – Three recent drownings pushed the number of water recreation-related fatalities in Colorado to 36, including 34 confirmed recreation-related drownings, making 2022 the deadliest year ever across city, county and state rivers, lakes and reservoirs. The record was set after a double drowning Sept. 9 at Dillon Reservoir and a third drowning Sept. 11 […]

Career CPW Officer Devoted Life to Working for Colorado’s Wildlife, Outdoor Enthusiasts

Career CPW Officer Devoted Life to Working for Colorado’s Wildlife, Outdoor Enthusiasts

  LA JUNTA, Colo. – As a temporary employee at a federal wildlife office in Fort Collins some 40 years ago, Steve Keefer shared in the excitement of the discovery of a colony of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming. The black-footed ferret had been feared extinct for years in North America and the discovery ignited a […]

CPW Awards Grant for Bent County Trap Club

CPW Awards Grant for Bent County Trap Club

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $909,987 to eight shooting range projects across Colorado through the agency’s Shooting Range Development Program (SRDG). The funds will go toward developing new shooting ranges and upgrading existing ranges. SRDG supports the establishment, improvement and expansion of safe shooting facilities in Colorado and is one of the largest […]

Military and Veterans get Free Entry into Colorado State Parks in August

Military and Veterans get Free Entry into Colorado State Parks in August

  As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of August. Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of […]

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

CPW Facebook Posting on John Martin Dam Water Levels As our water level continues to get lower, our courtesy dock on the east boat ramp has reached the end of the cable and anchors holding it in place. Starting on July 25th, the dock will be removed from the water and the ramp will only […]

CPW Officers Recover a Body in Black Hole Pond Below Two Buttes Reservoir

CPW Officers Recover a Body in Black Hole Pond Below Two Buttes Reservoir

TWO BUTTES, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers recovered a body from Black Hole pond behind the dam at Two Buttes Reservoir State Wildlife Area early Saturday afternoon. Black Hole pond will be closed until an investigation is completed. CPW began a search on Friday evening at the wildlife area, 40 miles south of […]

CPW Providing Upgrade to Decontamination Stations

CPW Providing Upgrade to Decontamination Stations

  DENVER – An upgrade to decontamination systems at 27 CPW facilities will lead to better protection for Colorado’s waters and a better experience for boaters during Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspections. The ANS program has been utilizing heated power washers for decontamination since its inception in 2008. Starting in 2018, The ANS program began […]

Fungus Linked to Fatal Bat Disease Found in Southeastern Colorado

Fungus Linked to Fatal Bat Disease Found in Southeastern Colorado

  The fungus that causes a disease deadly to bats has been detected for the first time in Colorado.  Laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was found on a bat captured at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Otero County outside of La Junta, Colorado. Pd is an invasive fungus […]

Guidelines for Rattlesnake Bite

Guidelines for Rattlesnake Bite

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is sharing safety information on rattlesnakes with the public for awareness in an instance a person, or even your dog, is bitten. The messaging comes after a tragic incident where a young child died following a bite from a rattlesnake near Colorado Springs. Why are people bitten and what is the […]

CPW Orders Emergency Fish Salvage at Queens Reservoir as Drought Intensifies

CPW Orders Emergency Fish Salvage at Queens Reservoir as Drought Intensifies

  LAMAR, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Monday ordered an emergency public fish salvage at Queens Reservoir about 15 miles north of Lamar in Kiowa County due to declining water levels related to intensifying drought conditions. Queens is a warm water irrigation storage reservoir as part of the Great Plains Reservoir system that […]

KEEP COLORADO WILD PASS FAQ’S:

KEEP COLORADO WILD PASS FAQ’S:

  Q:   What is the Keep Colorado Wild Pass? A:   It is an optional lower-cost annual state park pass for which the fee will be included on your Colorado vehicle registration renewal, processed at the Division       of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  Learn more: cpw.info/keepcoloradowildpass. Q:   What will the Keep Colorado Wild Pass cost? A:   The […]

Invasive Mussel Update from CW

Invasive Mussel Update from CW

  DENVER – More boats requiring decontamination due to fouling by destructive mussels entered Colorado in 2021 compared to previous years, but the statewide inspection program coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife again succeeded in keeping invasive mussels out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs. “Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to meet the challenge of […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares boating safety tips in support of National Safe Boating Week

Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares boating safety tips in support of National Safe Boating Week

  Enjoy the water, but always do so with a life jacket on – they save lives! DENVER – As boat ramps open and warmer temperatures entice people to recreate on the water, Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges people to wear a life jacket and boat responsibly this summer. In honor of National Safe Boating […]

Respect Wildlife, Leave Young Wild Animals in the Wild

Respect Wildlife, Leave Young Wild Animals in the Wild

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks people to respect young wildlife – give them space, keep dogs leashed on trails and do not feed wild animals.   DENVER – As trees and flowers begin to bloom, Colorado’s wildlife is experiencing new life and growth as well. Bears are coming out of their winter dens to […]