mountain sheep - the state mammal and official symbol of Colorado Parks
and Wildlife - embody the wild character of Colorado. They are named
for the massive horns of the rams, which grow over successive seasons
into a full curl that flares out from the head .”
Mountain Bighorn Sheep"
golden-mantled ground squirrel is among the most familiar of mountain
animals, scurrying around rocky slopes, turning up to beg at summer
picnics and charming everyone with its cuteness and antics. It is often
mistaken for a big chipmunk. The giveaway is the ack of stripes on the
head. The ground squirrel's coloring is also more faded than the least
chipmunk, its most likely neighbor. It eats seeds, wildflowers, green
plants, fingi, and sometimes bird eggs and nestlings. Its den is hidden
beneath a boulder or vegetation on a rocky slope, usually in or
adjacent to open mountain forests.
Guide to Colorado Mammals
by Mary Taylor Young
This guide offers identification and an overview
species of mammals native to Colorado. Intended for casual hikers,
outdoor recreationists, wildlife watchers and other non-professional
readers, the book emphasizes unusual behaviors may be seen in the
The Gray Fox, for instance, is famous for its tree-climbing - grasping
the trunk of a tree with its front legs and scrabbling up with its hind
feet in pursuit of prey. Nicknamed the "tree fox," it will sometimes be
spotted resting on a tree limb.
Wait for animals to find you by locating an area of likely animal
activity and sitting quietly. Once you quiet down, animals may reemerge
or pass through, giving you a chance to observe their natural behavior.
Wear earth-toned clothes, like gray, khaki, and olive green. They make
you less obvious and more a part of the environment. Most mammals do
not see color well, but they are veryt good at seeing contrasts. Except
in snow, white stands out like a giant warning flag.
Stay in your car and use it as a viewing blind. The large, blocky shape
of a vehicle is not as threatening to an animal as the shape of a
human. Wildlife may gradually move near and around your vehicle, giving
you an unparalleled look at them.
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