The species that we find in Dunton, Colorado, play a vital role in the ecosystem. Whether it’s deer, moose, bald eagles, or anything else, there’s always something worth seeing.
There are many different kinds of deer in this region, but mule deer and white-tailed deer are the most common. It is possible to see them walking about town or relaxing by the side of the road once they decide it is safe to emerge from concealment. However, it is against the law to kill any of these animals without a permit from the state’s department of wildlife.
Because their antlers are smaller than those of caribou and elk, moose, which are also huge members of the deer family, most closely resemble bulls among local animals. They can potentially reach heights of 10 feet and weights of 1,500 pounds, making them well suited to navigating snow depths of up to 8 feet.
Male mountain lions may weigh up to 180 pounds, while females only reach weights of 100 to 120 pounds. The backs of these animals have a deeper tan or yellowish brown with black markings than the sides. Males may be identified by their fur ruffs and tufts of black hair on their ears. They have huge paws with retractable claws and a long tail, making them excellent tree climbers. Although mountain lions are native to Colorado, people seldom see them since the animals generally avoid human contact.
The black bear, the smallest of the North American bear species, is a regular Colorado resident. Depending on the food supply, its normally black fur may take on a brownish black or even golden hue at different seasons. Males are often bigger than females, although average adult weight is between 63 and 136 kilograms (140 and 150 pounds).
Trout, catfish, and bass are just a few of the more than 60 species of fish found in the state. Colorado is a popular fishing destination because it is home to a wide variety of fish species, including the rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and brown trout that anglers seek.
There are of course many more animals to see. Be sure to check out a visitor center at one of Colorado’s national parks for more information.