And speaking of ungulates, CPW also reminds folks that local wildlife areas and BLM lands remain closed to two-leggeds through April 15.
“The weather is getting nicer but big-game animals still have a long way to go to make it through the winter,” Steve McClung, district wildlife manager in Durango, said. “Little food is available and they’re still living on fat stores from last year. But they’re starting to run on empty.”
Violation of the closures could result in a citation and fine. And possibly bad karma. The closures in effect through April 15 include:
• Bodo State Wildlife Area (Smelter Mountain is open for foot access from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; sorry no dogs);
• Perins Peak State Wildlife Area
• Grandview trails, including Big Canyon, Sale Barn, South Rim and portions of Sidewinder and Cowboy accessed from Carbon Junction or Crites;
• Upper loops on Animas Mountain; • Upper trails in Twin Buttes.