Public lands closed to allow animals to roam, eat |

Public lands closed to allow animals to roam, eat

Nicole Frey

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Bureau of Land Management will close 11 of 14 gates on open space and wilderness on Thursday. The gates will remained closed until April 30, said Mel Lloyd, a spokeswoman with the bureau’s Glenwood Springs Field Office. “It’s a typical time in the year that the winter snows have come to drive animals down (from higher elevations),” said Kay Hopkins, an outdoor recreation planner with the bureau. First implemented in 1984, the closures are meant provide room for big game to roam and eat, Hopkins said. Some of the closed areas are Castle Peak in Eagle County, East Elk Creek and Transfer Trail in Garfield County and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County. Transfer Trail will still be open to snowmobiling and all areas are open to non-motorized activities, said bureau field manager Jamie Connell.Working in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, three gates will remain open to allow hunting to through Jan. 15, after which they too will be closed. To learn which trails are open to snowmobiles or for more information, contact the Glenwood Springs Field Office at (970) 947-2800. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or Vail, Colorado

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