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Rampaging bears! Rampaging Buffs! Criminals in the buff! It happened here... unfortunately.

Wildlife officials were stunned by the death of a young wolf found west of Idaho Springs in June. The animal -- the first confirmed wild wolf in Colorado in 61 years -- was hit by a car on 1-70, which is known as the "Berlin Wall" for wolves. According to federal guidelines, those discovered south of the interstate are classified as endangered, while those north of it are considered merely threatened. The wolf's death came three days before a multi-agency panel was to begin drafting a statewide wolf-management plan.

In November, the Division of Wildlife fielded calls from several concerned residents who saw a huge elk wandering around Evergreen with a hammock tangled in his rack. Callers also reported seeing another elk with Christmas lights wrapped in his.

A minivan smashed into a Fort Collins home in November, taking out the entire front porch and front window. The homeowner said the window seat was normally occupied by the family dog, Lucky, who was in the back yard at the time of the crash.

In the Ground

Among the species counted during Bioblitz, a 24-hour survey of 6,000 acres of public land on the Boulder/Jefferson County border in June: rare prairie mushrooms, nine families of spiders, 86 birds, 733 insects, an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, segmented aquatic worms, small snails and a fat-headed minnow.

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