Endangered Species

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Wildlife Service Deciding if One Colorado Fish Is Endangered, Concludes Another One Isn't

    This summer, we brought you the saga of Colorado's state fish, the greenback cutthroat trout. Biologists worked to bring back the species, which was once thought extinct, only to discover they'd saved the wrong fish. But the biologists didn't give up and efforts are now underway to grow the state's ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2014
  • Calendar

    May 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Effing cute Amur leopard baby now visible to guests at the Denver Zoo

    Just when you thought baby zoo animals couldn't get any cuter (we're talking about you, baby tigers), along comes an itty-bitty leopard that changes everything. His name is Makar (pronounced Mah-car), he was born on April 25 and he is effing adorable. The Denver Zoo has kept Makar and his cuteness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Arapahoe Snowfly candidate for endangered list: What are other contenders?

    The Arapahoe Snowfly is so small that you wouldn't notice if you inhaled it. At just .2 inches long, it's certainly not the kind of cuddly creature that appears on birthday cards and computer backgrounds. (Like mine, which just so happens to feature an effing adorable photo of two Denver Zoo polar b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Reader: Films made in Colorado are an endangered species

    John Wayne in 1969's True Grit, which was filmed in Colorado.​Today legislators will consider a measure that would provide an economic incentive for filmmakers to work in Colorado -- a rarity these days, as detailed in "The Reel West." But a century ago, there was a booming film business in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Preble's meadow jumping mouse conquers Wyoming -- again

    ​That gnashing of teeth and muttered cursing you hear is coming from energy companies and developers north of the state border. Last week, U.S. District Judge John L. Kane ruled that an obscure jumping mouse should be considered a threatened species not only in Colorado but in Wyoming, too -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Preble's mighty meadow jumping mouse is back! Eeeek!

    ​Nothing moves swiftly in the upper echelons of government decision-making -- especially when the decisions have to do with a tiny rodent that can stall development projects. Today marks the public-comment deadline on the proposal for critical habitat designation of the Preble's meadow jumpi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Ken Salazar sued by conservation group crying fowl over the Sprague's Pipit

    WildEarth Guardians says this little guy deserves to be listed as an endangered species.​A prominent wildlife conservation group is suing Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado Senator) Ken Salazar for reportedly failing to protect a prairie song bird that many say is nearing extinctio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Ken Salazar's gotta be happy: The black-tailed prairie dog isn't endangered after all

    Stop resting easy, pal. You're not endangered anymore.​Last December, when President Barack Obama first announced the nomination of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity criticized the choice, claiming that Salazar's environmental r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Exxon-Mobil: admitted bird killers

    Talk about paying at the pump.​Exxon-Mobil had a bad day in court in Denver yesterday. The firm pleaded guilty to killing migratory birds in five states, including Colorado. The size of the fine and community-service payments Exxon-Mobil has agreed to pony up -- $600,000 -- is, to use an avian ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Get ready for the Gunnison sage grouse

    The Waunita Lek near Gunnison, mating grounds for a large group of Gunnison sage grouse, is open for public viewings, and bird watchers will have good news to share with the rare species, which puts on an unusual and exotic springtime dance. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Salazar hearing a lovefest among chums

    You might expect a confirmation hearing for a new Secretary of the Interior to be tough going, given the multiple scandals and vast challenges facing the agency after years of Bush administration bumbling and plundering. After all, the Department of the Interior manages a fifth of the land in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Environmental group rips Obama's choice of Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary

    Local coverage of Barack Obama's selection of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as the next Secretary of the Interior has mostly been rah-rah, sis-boom-bah. Take the Denver Post editorial "Salazar a Wise Choice for West, Nation." But as noted in a National Public Radio story, assorted environmental gro ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2008

    Going, Going, Gone

    Will the first new American bird discovered in a hundred years be the next to go extinct?

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008


    Alert! Take your frog out of the freezer! Earlier this month, the Colorado Division of Wildlife suggested that one of the best ways to deal with frogs not native to Colorado is to euthanize them by putting them alongside your frozen peas and corndogs. “It might sound cruel, but the best thing to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    A Split Decision for Mighty Mouse

    The Preble's meadow jumping mouse weighs less than an ounce and hibernates for almost seven months of the year. But it's a regular Godzilla in environmental circles, smashing developers' plans up and down the Front Range and generating no end of controversy. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic ... More >>

  • News

    January 20, 2005

    Building a Better Mousetrap

    Biologist Rob Ramey isn't afraid of taking risks -- but taking on environmentalists may be his riskiest move.

  • People & Places

    March 27, 2003
  • News

    March 20, 2003

    A Gopher in Your Pocket?

    Douglas County's very own gopher is the latest endangered-species hopeful.

  • Calendar

    February 20, 2003

    Exhibit A

    Where it's always showtime

  • Sports & Recreation

    April 4, 2002

    Best New Animals at the Denver Zoo

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  • News

    November 22, 2001

    A Wing and a Prayer

    The peregrine falcon is back -- and falconers want to get their hands on the bird.

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    The Missing Lynx

    This Colorado biologist became an endangered species at the Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Culture

    May 11, 2000

    Art Beat

    Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    He Walks With the Animals

    Maybe Jasper Carlton is a radical -- or maybe he's ahead of his time.

  • News

    November 26, 1998

    A Bird in the Hand

    The fate of the northern goshawk--and the timber industry--could rest with Richard Reynolds. He's not out of the woods yet.

  • News

    November 27, 1997

    Of Mice and Men

    What the battle to save an obscure rodent says about the cost of front range growth.