Early Snow Hard on Colorado Elk
The winter of 2010 has ushered in early snow for the Western Slope of Colorado and with that early snow has come a wave of early ski resort openings. While that's great news for skiers and Colorado ski resort employees, the early snow has a darker side for local elk herds.
The Steamboat Pilot has a write up about the initial impact on the elk herds around the Yampa Valley in northwest Colorado.
The abundant early season snow that made Opening Day at Steamboat Ski Area so noteworthy represents grim news for the Yampa Valley’s elk herd. The animals already have begun showing up in suburban neighborhoods within Steamboat Springs city limits this month. “It bodes poorly for the elk later on in the winter,” Colorado Division of Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Mike Middleton said Wednesday.