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Briefs: Take a peek at bighorn sheep

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Vail, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentA big horn sheep forages for food on the hillside above the vapor caves at the west end of Glenwood Canyon. New viewing scopes will allow a closer look at the animals.
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GLENWOOD CANYON ” Two new viewing scopes have been installed at the No Name rest area so visitors can look at bighorn sheep on the cliffs of Glenwood Canyon.

“This is a great way for the public to check out a really interesting animal,” said White River National Forest Wildlife Biologist Phil Nyland. “The scopes get you a ring-side seat, without disturbing the natural behavior of our wild sheep. Look for sheep on the south-facing slope of the canyon, particularly during winter and spring. Other times of the year you might also see peregrine falcons, elk, mule deer, ravens, songbirds and who knows what else.”

One of the scopes is wheelchair accessible.

There also are new informational panels at the entrance to the Glenwood Canyon bike path near the vapor caves. The panels show efforts to manage and protect the canyon’s bighorn sheep herd.

“These panels tell the story of a majestic animal and how to best view them while on the bike path,” Nyland said. “Hundreds of hours have been invested in monitoring wild sheep, and these panels also tell you the reason why and what we hope to accomplish.”


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