American Peregrine Falcon

Perhaps the fastest creatures on earth, American peregrine falcons can swoop down on prey at speeds reaching 200 mph. The peregrin is a medium-sized falcon characterized by a nearly black helmet, a dark slate-blue back and buff broken by horizontal bars on the under parts. Adult peregrines vary in length from 15 to 22 inches, […]

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American Pika

The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence. The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper […]

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Beaver

Beavers, the largest rodents, measure more than three feet in length, and weigh up to 55 pounds, with a broad, nearly naked, flat tail and webbed feet. Beavers, the largest rodents, measure more than three feet in length, and weigh up to 55 pounds, with a broad, nearly naked, flat tail and webbed feet. Their […]

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Big Horn Sheep

The bighorn sheep is the mammalian symbol of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado’s official mammal. Colorado is home to the largest population of the species anywhere. The animals are five to six feet long with a tail three to six inches in length. Rams weigh 150-250 pounds, ewes 120-200. Males are about three […]

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Black Bear

Black bears are familiar to everyone, and with the demise of the grizzly bear they are the largest of Colorado’s carnivores. Although called black bears, they can be honey-colored, blond, brown, cinnamon or black. They may have a tan muzzle or white spot on the chest. Although brown or cinnamon-colored bears are sometimes mistaken for […]

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Bobcat

The bobcat is a familiar animal, but it is secretive and seldom seen. The animals are 32–37 inches long with a tail about 6 inches in length. Bobcats are similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. The bobcat is a familiar animal, but it is secretive and seldom seen. The animals are 32–37 inches […]

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Chipmunks

Colorado is home to five species of chipmunks; Colorado chipmunk, Hopi chipmunk, Uinta chipmunk, cliff chipmunk and the least chipmunk. The most widespread chipmunk in Colorado is the least chipmunk. Description: Colorado is home to five species of chipmunks; Colorado chipmunk, Hopi chipmunk, Uinta chipmunk, cliff chipmunk and the least chipmunk. The most widespread chipmunk […]

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Elk

The wapiti, or elk, is the largest of Colorado’s native deer (seven to nine feet long, with a four to six inch tail, and weighing 450 – 900 pounds). Commonly called “elk” in this country, wapiti is a preferred name because elsewhere in the world “elk” refers to the animal we call moose. Our wapiti […]

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Fox

In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to hunting, road accidents and diseases. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves, jackals, and domestic dogs. Male foxes are called Reynards, and weigh, on average, […]

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Golden Eagle

Golden eagles are very large raptors. Their overall length may approach 3 feet with wingspans of approximately 7 feet. Females are generally larger than males. Females weigh around 13 pounds and males around 9 pounds. They are generally dark brown in color, but may have small patches of white or gray. Juvenile birds have a […]

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