Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mountain Lion Enters Home in Boulder

Boulder Police Department and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers were dispatched last Thursday evening to the 400 block of Marine Street for a report of a mountain lion inside a home.

Boulder Police arrived on scene at 10:40 p.m. to the unoccupied residence and found that the mountain lion had entered the house through a screen door to get a cat that was inside.

When the CPW wildlife officer arrived at 11:30 p.m., they decided the best way to get the mountain lion out of the house was to use non-lethal bean-bag rounds to fire at it in an attempt to chase it out the front door. Officers were successful in getting the mountain lion out of the house. Officers saw the lion run up the street and believed it went up into the foothills near the Boulder Canyon vicinity.

CPW wildlife officers maintained an enhanced presence in the area on Friday and over the weekend to make sure the mountain lion didn' return.

If you have an encounter with a lion, immediately contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before or after these hours, contact Colorado State Patrol or your local Sheriff’s office.

To report a sighting, please contact your local area office or the Northeast Region CPW Office (Denver): (303) 291-7227



Jeff
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sen. Bennet Introduces Protections for San Juan Mountains

Although this news is several months old I just found out about this piece of legislation, known as the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, and fully support it, as some trails in the San Juan Mountains are being overrun and need further protection:

Earlier this year, in April, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act to protect approximately 61,000 acres of land located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. The bill would designate some of the state’s most iconic peaks as wilderness areas, including two fourteeners: Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak.

“We must do our part in Washington to push this bill across the finish line,” Bennet said. “Not only are these iconic landscapes vital to outdoor recreation and local economies, but they also stand as a symbol of our public lands legacy in Colorado—a legacy we must pass onto our kids and grandkids. I’m grateful to all of the county commissioners and leaders who have tirelessly worked to advance this effort for over a decade, and I’m particularly grateful to Commissioner Hilary Cooper, who has played an instrumental role in shaping the legislation we introduced today.”

This legislation is the result of years of collaboration among San Miguel, San Juan, and Ouray Counties. Originally introduced in 2009, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously in 2010 and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in 2013.

Since 2009, Bennet has worked closely with local leaders in Southwest Colorado to update and advance the bill in the Senate. In March of this year he joined supporters in Ouray County to renew their efforts to pass the legislation. Bennet looks forward to engaging with all stakeholders and interested parties to hear any additional input on the legislation.

In addition to the expansion and designation of new wilderness areas, the legislation would create the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area, which would provide special protection for the Ice Lakes Basin.

For more information, please click here for a map of the areas impacted, and click here for the text of the bill.



Jeff
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Proposed Campground Fee Increase in Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument is requesting public comment on a proposal to increase the daily fee for overnight stays at Saddlehorn Campground. The current fee is $20.00 per night. The proposed increase will be $22.00 per night. Holders of the America the Beautiful Access and Senior Lifetime passes would continue to receive 50% off the per night campground fee.

The campground fee was last raised in 2011. Since then the administrative costs associated with the campground, including the National Recreation Reservation System service charges have gone up. “We are committed to keeping the park affordable, but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience,” said Colorado National Monument Superintendent Ken Mabery. “The money from camping fees is used to fund projects benefiting the park visitor’s experience.”

To comment on the proposed campground fee increase, please provide your comments between August 15 and September 15, 2018 online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SaddlehornFee or through the mail to:

Colorado National Monument
Attention: Chief Ranger
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521.



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Monday, August 6, 2018

Reward for killing of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak increased to $15,000

Thanks to donations, Colorado Operation Game Thief is increasing the reward offer from $5,000 to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest or citation in the case of two mountain goats that were shot and found dead on July 3, approximately 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail.

Anyone with any information can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648 (1-877-COLO-OGT) or game.thief@state.co.us to report any information. Callers or emailers may remain anonymous if they choose.

For more information on Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations or stopping poachers, please visit cpw.state.co.us.



Jeff
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Celebrate The Night Sky At Rocky Mountain National Park

America's national parks contain many cherished treasures. Among them are captivating natural sounds and awe-inspiring night skies. Seeing the Milky Way or a particular constellation can be inspirational for park visitors. In Rocky Mountain National Park, as in other parks, natural darkness of starry skies is an important resource of this special place. Rocky Mountain National Park invites you to celebrate darkness!

Tonight, August 4th, at 9 p.m. join park staff on the west side of the park for a Celestial Wilderness Night Sky Program at Harbison Meadows

Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower by attending our Night Sky Festival August 10, 11, and 12. During this 3-day event, special night sky programs and speakers will be offered at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park Campground, Glacier Basin Campground, Harbison Meadow, and Timber Creek Campground. Solar viewing, family activities, and information booths. NASA scientists will be available at Moraine Park Discovery Center August 10, 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by Kawuneeche Visitor Center during the three days from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn more about meteors.

Check the park website or visitor centers for the schedule of events at: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/night_sky_festival.htm



Jeff
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Recovery Efforts Completed For Brian Perri

Brian Perri’s body was recovered yesterday morning by helicopter from Rocky Mountain National Park. His body was transferred to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. Boulder County Coroner’s office will not release positive identification until completion of an autopsy. However, it is believed that the body is that of Brian Perri, 38, of Fort Collins, Colorado.

On Saturday afternoon, July, 28, 2018, a ranger was responding to a SPOT device activation from a visitor recreating in the area. While looking for the source of the SPOT activation, the ranger came upon Perri’s body. Perri was located southwest (not northwest which was originally listed in a previous news release) of the summit of Mount Meeker in steep terrain. Mount Meeker (13,911 feet) is the second highest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Perri took an approximate 25 to 40 foot tumbling fall and appears to have died instantly. He was located downhill and southwest of the Mount Meeker summit photo that he texted to a friend on June 30. He was found above tree line at the base of a steep, nearly vertical drop off, consisting of large boulders, loose rock and talus scree slope.

Searchers, including ground teams, a dog team and helicopter aerial operations were in the vicinity of where Perri’s body was located. Unfortunately, the steep terrain, angle, sheer size of the rocks and boulders as well as the coloring of his tan and green clothing made it extremely difficult to see him.

Late Thursday July 5, 2018, park rangers were notified by Fort Collins Police that Brian Joseph Perri, 38, of Fort Collins, Colorado, had been reported as missing. Perri was last known in the Mount Meeker area of Rocky Mountain National Park. On June 30, Perri texted a friend a photograph of himself from the summit of Mount Meeker. After rangers were notified of the missing man on July 5, six days after he was expected back, they located Perri’s car in the parking lot at the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead. Perri was day hiking and was expected out on Saturday, June 30.

Extensive search efforts began the evening of Thursday, July 5, and encompassed significant sections of 22.5 square miles above tree line as well as forested areas. The majority of the search area was in rugged and remote terrain with loose rock, steep ridges, and exposed cliffs, on ridge lines and couloirs. The area was searched by helicopters, ground searchers, dog teams, and UAS reconnaissance. Assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members has been Larimer County Search and Rescue members and dog teams, Rocky Mountain Rescue based in Boulder County, Fort Collins Police, Northern Colorado Helitack, Colorado State University Police Department, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States(SARDUS) and Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC), Flight For Life Air Ambulance and Colorado Search and Rescue Board members.

Boulder County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and date of death.

The visitor who activated the SPOT device was located Saturday evening, July 28, by other rangers in the Keplinger Couloir area with a lower leg injury. Rangers remained with the man overnight. On Sunday morning, July 29, the hiker was taken by Flight For Life Air Ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center where he was treated and released that morning.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Update On Search Efforts For Missing Man Last Seen On Mount Meeker

Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members continued search efforts in the field for Brian Perri through Sunday, July 15. Unfortunately, no clues have been found. Search managers are analyzing and continuing investigations. Dog teams will be used again this weekend. It has been twenty-one days since Perri was last heard from.

Extensive search efforts began the evening of Thursday, July 5, and have encompassed significant sections of 22.5 square miles above tree line as well as forested areas. The majority of the search area is in rugged and remote terrain with loose rock, steep ridges, and exposed cliffs, on ridge lines and couloirs. The area has been searched by helicopters, ground searchers, dog teams, and UAS reconnaissance. Assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members has been Larimer County Search and Rescue members and dog teams, Rocky Mountain Rescue based in Boulder County, Fort Collins Police, Northern Colorado Helitack, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Flight For Life Air Ambulance and Colorado Search and Rescue Board members.

Perri’s destination was believed to be the summit of Mount Meeker. This would be approximately 14 miles round trip from the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead. His exact route was unknown. Most of the route is beyond trail access which would necessitate bushwhacking, mountaineering and route finding through thick forests and the ability to travel in rugged remote terrain with loose rock, steep ridges and exposed cliffs.

Late Thursday July 5, park rangers were notified by Fort Collins Police that Brian Joseph Perri, 38, of Fort Collins, Colorado, had been reported as missing. Perri was last known in the Mount Meeker area of Rocky Mountain National Park. On June 30, Perri texted a friend a photograph of himself from the summit of Mount Meeker. After rangers were notified of the missing man on July 5, six days after he was expected back, they located Perri’s car in the parking lot at the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead.

Perri was day hiking and was expected out on Saturday, June 30. In the photograph he texted, he was wearing a tan full brim hat, sunglasses, and red backpack. He has minimal equipment and may have a yellow rain jacket and yellow orange puffy jacket. He had no known tent or camping equipment. Perri is 5’9” and weighs 160 pounds.

Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Mount Meeker area since Saturday, June 30. Especially those who noticed abandoned gear or other clues. Please call or text the National Park Service Investigative Services Bureau at 888-653-0009.



Jeff
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