Let the capture begin! Colorado State wildlife officials and biologists are rounding up elk and big horn sheep this week in the Southern San Juan Mountains to fit with tracking collars to help advance scientists understanding of the individual animals and herds. Durango based Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks Public Information Officer Joe Lewendowski says the San Juan herds are some of the oldest known in North America.
Lewendowski says outdoor recreationists and motorists may observe a helicopter or helicopters flying in and out of the area of the Continental Divide this week. Once equipped with collars the animals will be released back into the wild and will be tracked remotely and in the field.