Wildlife Program

Our collaborative came together in the early 1990s to address declining mule deer populations on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Since that time, our work has expanded to address the needs of many different species of wildlife. Below is a sample of some of our work.

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Sage-grouse chick photo by Cameron Aldridge.

Sage-grouse chick photo by Cameron Aldridge.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse

There are fewer than 5,000 of these Threatened grouse remaining in the world. Working Groups in both the Crawford Area and San Miguel County work to protect and improve habitat for the rare Gunnison Sage-Grouse. To date, over 40,000 acres of habitat have been protected! 

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Mule Deer

Many habitat improvement projects have been implemented since the 1990s to improve mule deer habitat on the Western Slope of Colorado. This also improves conditions for other species as well.



Currently, the ratios of cow elk to elk calves is low in southern Colorado. To find out why, our partners will be working together to trap cow elk, determine their health, and fit them with special satellite transmitters. These transmitters will let scientists know when the cow elk gives birth to a calf. Then they can check the health of both the cow and calf. The data from the transmitters will help us determine the reasons for the low ratio, so we can develop a strategy to ensure there's a healthy population of elk in southwestern Colorado.