Colorado Wildlife

Colorado wildlife is unique and abundant, but it wasn’t always that way.  Over trapping of beaver centuries ago almost made them extinct.

Railroad scouts and hunting parties butchered millions of buffalo causing their numbers to plummet.

Today, the state of Colorado protects its wildlife.  It is illegal to harass, feed or kill (except during hunting season and only deer and elk, by permit only)the beautiful animals that have been a part of the old west since the beginning.

If let’s say, a herd of elk is crossing the road, you must give them the right of way.  I’ve seen a line of cars stopped on main arteries just to let the elk or deer cross.

Colorado Mountain Lion

The Colorado mountain lion is a beautiful animal.  Very shy of humans, they usually only appear during the night, between dusk and dawn. They have a long, sleek body, tan…

Colorado Coyote

The Colorado coyote is a nocturnal mammal that is found in the western U.S. and similar in species to the fox. It is gray with reddish legs, bushy tail and…

Colorado Black Bear

The Colorado black bear is seen everywhere in the U.S. mountains and hills, anywhere there is a forest. From east to west and north to south, they are in every…

Colorado Elk

The photo above of a Colorado elk cow and calf was taken when we first moved to the state a long time ago. We had rented a house in the…

Colorado Mule Deer

The above photo was taken of a Colorado mule deer doe and her baby out our front window.  These are beautiful animals.  Wildlife in Colorado is fun to watch and…

Visiting Colorado you will likely see herds of Colorado mule deer and Colorado elk.  Buffalo can be seen on large ranches on the plains and in the mountains.

Big Horn Sheep, the state symbol, and mountain goats are climbing the rock outcroppings of mountainsides. Pronghorn Antelope are numerous on the Colorado plains.

The Colorado coyote roams the mountains and grasslands in search of food.  The Colorado black bear and Colorado mountain lion are becoming more frequent around lower elevations due to the expansion of humans into their habitat. Several different types of birds, squirrels, and rabbits call the Colorado mountains home.

My husband and I are fortunate to live on top of a mountain and have numerous animal visitors year-round. I have included photos of the ones who frequent our property that I have taken with my camera.

Other photos of animals, who are nocturnal, are from the Division of Wildlife.  We never tire of watching our wildlife.  Safely through, from the house or car. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.