Animals

Amanda Manoa with magpies
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It's the busy season for wildlife rescuers, with the greatest number of injured or orphaned animals coming in during the summer months. But how do you stop baby birds from imprinting on their human caretakers before being released back into the wild?

One wildlife center in Longmont has a feathery solution.

Proposed legislation in the Senate aims to reduce conflict between humans and predatory wildlife, with a $100,000 cash prize.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso introduced the bill. The $100,000 Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize would be awarded to the winner of an annual competition. The goal is to develop new or better nonlethal methods of reducing human-predator conflicts.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

A giraffe herd at a Colorado Springs zoo has welcomed its 16th member following the birth of a calf.

The 10-year-old reticulated giraffe named Msitu gave birth Saturday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Pigeon
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On a beautiful clear morning along the Cache la Poudre River, Rocky Mountain Adventures' David Terry wrapped up the rafting safety talk by introducing the group to some unusual guests.

"Anybody ever heard about the birds with Rocky Mountain Adventures?" Terry asked. "No? You're probably wondering why I got a cage of pigeons up here wearing these funny backpacks, right?"

Sitting at Terry's feet was a cage with three pigeons wearing teeny, tiny backpacks. The birds have been an integral part of the company's rafting business since the early 1990s.

Lafayette
Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary

A goat in east Boulder County is on the mend after being found wandering around Lafayette and drawing a lot of public attention.

Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary rescued the animal, which had serious injuries that required an amputation surgery. The community helped raise more than $2,500 when the goat's story went viral across local social media networks.

According to a study out of Colorado State University, more people believe that animals should be protected and given rights on par with humans than they did 15 years ago. Fewer people believe that wildlife exists for our gain.

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A Colorado housing authority accused of violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals has settled a lawsuit for nearly $1 million.

The agreement followed a three-year fight over the Meeker Housing Authority's efforts to tighten restrictions on keeping pets at the northwestern Colorado property, a federally subsidized apartment building for families. Attorneys said the agency refused to make exceptions for two tenants whose cats and dog were recommended by doctors to cope with depression and anxiety.

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Colorado wildlife commissioners have rejected a citizen petition to outlaw the trapping and trophy hunting of bobcats.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission heard arguments from both sides during a hearing in Grand Junction Thursday.