Craig briefs: Parent Advisory Council meeting is 6 p.m. today |

Craig briefs: Parent Advisory Council meeting is 6 p.m. today

Parents of high school students who want to stay involved with the Moffat County School District have an opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. today at Moffat County High School.

US Fish and Wildlife Service closes facilities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed down facilities in the region because of the government shutdown.

“Due to this event, the national wildlife refuges, waterfowl and production areas, ecological services field offices, fish hatcheries, fish technology center, fish health center, fish and wildlife conservation offices and Joint Venture offices in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will be closed to the public,” said Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Noreen Walsh in a press release. “While a lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to service properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be canceled.”

The only programs to stay open will be the most essential ones that have to do with emergency services.

“For programs experiencing a lapse in appropriated funding, only limited functions would continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect human life or property.” Walsh said.

Moffat County schools are off Friday, Oct. 14

Moffat County School District students will have a four-day weekend. They do not have to attend school Friday or Oct. 14 because of teacher in-service and training days.

Dogs and moose do not play well together

In the wake of several people being injured by moose this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close, according to a news release. Since early spring, wildlife officers have responded to three human/moose conflicts, including two recent incidents in Grand Lake.

In all three instances, dogs — on- and off-leash — reportedly spooked the moose before it charged and seriously injured the dog’s owner.

Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators, and they generally are not frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat because of their similarities to wolves, moose’s primary predator. Wildlife officials caution that dogs never should be allowed to approach a moose.

“Almost all incidents with aggressive moose involve dogs getting too close to the animal,” said Lyle Sidener, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Hot Sulphur Springs. “In most cases, a threatened moose will naturally react and try to stomp on the dog. The frightened dog will typically run back to its owner bringing an angry, thousand-pound moose with it.”

Moose are one of the state’s most popular wildlife species, and their numbers are growing.

In 1978, the former Colorado Division of Wildlife transplanted 12 moose into the area around the town of Walden in North Park. After several more relocations across the western part of Colorado in the following years, their population now is estimated at more than 2,000 animals.

As more people enjoy Colorado’s outdoors, wildlife officials remind the public that moose can be found in areas where they did not exist only a few years ago.

Keep pets away and avoid moose that appear stressed by human activity.

CDOT reminds drivers to look for animal crossings

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists this summer to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies have always recommended and wildlife advocates.

Parade of Lights in Craig announces theme

The Community Budget Center recently announced that the theme for this year’s parade of lights will be called Christmas in Colorado. The parade will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. For more information or to apply to be in the parade, call 970-824-7898.

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