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Colorado

Population: 4,301,261 (2000)

State Background
Species
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Colorado Division of Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, Colorado, 80216

303-297-1192
http://wildlife.state.co.us

State Background

Colorado is a state in the western United States. It is in the Mountain, Southwestern and Central regions of the country. It is also one of only three states that have only lines of latitude and longitude for borders. It stretches exactly from 37N to 41N, and 102W to 109W. On the west side of the state, lay the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with notable peaks such as Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg in the south. This area drains to the east, is forested, and partially urbanized. States bordering on this side are Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. To the east are the Colorado Eastern Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3,500 to 7,000 feet. Also, Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east.

The combination of high elevation, mid latitude interior continent geography results in a cool, dry but invigorating climate. There are large seasonal swings in temperature and large day to night changes. During summer there are hot days in the plains, but these are often relieved by afternoon thundershowers. Mountain regions are nearly always cool. Humidity is generally quite low; this favors rapid evaporation and a relatively comfortable feeling even on hot days. The thin atmosphere allows greater penetration of solar radiation and results in pleasant daytime conditions even during the winter. Outdoor work and recreation can often be carried out in relative comfort year round, but sunburn and skin cancer is a problem due to the intense high-elevation sunlight. At night, temperatures drop quickly, and freezing temperatures are possible in some mountain locations every month of the year.

State Species

Big Game Bighorn Sheep
Bison
Black Bear
Deer
Elk
Grizzly Bear
Moose
Mountain Goat
Pronghorn Buck
Wapiti
Waterfowl Canada Goose
Chukar
Dusky Grouse
Greater Sage-grouse
Gunnison Sage-grouse
Mountain Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Furbearer Species Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Mink
Muskrat
Pine Marten
Raccoon
Skunk
Small Game Species Abert's squirrels
Band-tailed pigeon
Blue (Dusky) grouse
Chukar
Cottontails
Crow
Doves
Greater Prairie Chicken
Jackrabbit
Mountain sharp-tailed grouse
Pheasant
Quail
Sage grouse
Sandhill crane
Snowshoe Hare
Sora and Virginia rail
Squirrel
Teal
White-tailed ptarmigan
Wilson's snipe
Predators Wolf
Coyote
Mtn Lion
Red Fox
 
Sport Fish Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Cutthroat Trout
Grayling
Green Sunfish
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Mountain Whitefish
Rainbow Trout
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Splake
Tiger Muskie
Wiper
Walleye
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations


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