Apr 06,2016

In the Rocky Mountains, you have the best opportunity to see more mammals than most other places in North America. The Rocky Mountains are the backbone of the continent. They are 300 to 400 miles wide in some areas and around 3,000 miles long stretching from Canada to Northern New Mexico.

During the days of the Mountain Man, around 170 years ago, there were many more species that are now endangered and have not been seen for decades in Colorado. Some of them are the Grizzly Bear, Wolverine and the Gray Wolf.

Wildlife abounds throughout the Rockies. If you spend time visiting the mountains, you will see many different kinds of mammals. It could be some deer, a rodent of some type, or even a black bear or mountain lion, if you are lucky. For information on places to watch wildlife, please visit one of the websites I have provided.

Winter is the most difficult time for mammals. Some of the species forage and collect food all summer long to prepare for Mother Nature's cold winter. Many other species do not and they move to lower elevations, so they can find food and hopefully survive during the winter.


Not only is it bad for them, but they will also lose their fear of humans which could lead to a dangerous situation for both the human and the wild animal. So, please refrain from giving the cute squirrel something that is not found in Mother Nature's grocery store.

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If you happen to see a Black Bear or a Mountain Lion, DO NOT RUN! You will never out run them and they will think you are prey and something good to eat. It is highly advisable to read about them before you head into the mountains. It is better to be safe than sorry. Just keep in mind, that almost all wildlife is just as scared as you are when you cross paths. Use extreme caution when there are Bear cubs. Remember, you are visiting their home and you must respect your safety and the safety of the mammal.

Field Identification Guide for Wildlife

Colorado Mountain Man