Colorado Wildlife

Big Horn Sheep photo courtesy Colorado Division of Wildlife

Colorado wildlife is unique and abundant, but it wasn't always that way.  Over trapping of beaver centuries ago almost made them extinct.

Railroad scouts and hunting parties butchered millions of buffalo causing their numbers to plummet.

Today, the state of Colorado protects its wildlife.  It is illegal to harass, feed or kill (except during hunting season and only deer and elk, by permit only)the beautiful animals that have been a part of the old west since the beginning.

If, let's say, a herd of elk is crossing the road, you must give them the right of way.  I've seen a line of cars stopped on main arteries just to let the elk or deer cross.

Visiting Colorado you will likely see herds of Colorado mule deer and Colorado elk.  Buffalo can be seen on large ranches on the plains and in the mountains.

Big Horn Sheep, the state symbol, and mountain goats are climbing the rock outcroppings of mountain sides.

Pronghorn Antelope are numerous on the Colorado plains.

The Colorado coyote roam the mountains and grasslands in search of food.  The Colorado black bear and Colorado mountain lion are becoming more frequent around lower elevations due to the expansion of humans into their habitat.

Several different types of birds, squirrels and rabbits call the Colorado mountains home.

My husband and I are fortunate to live on top of a mountain and have numerous animal visitors year round.

I have included photos of the ones who frequent our property that I have taken with my camera.

Other photos of animals, who are nocturnal, are from the Division of Wildlife.  We never tire of watching our wildlife.  Safely though, from the house or car.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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