Outdoor Briefs

Durango runner wins Canary Islands race

Professional ultra-runner Dakota Jones of Durango won the Transvolcania 50-mile trail race last Saturday in the Canary Islands of Spain off the coast of Africa.

Competing in an elite international field, Jones, 21, a Durango High School graduate and former Demons cross-country runner, bettered the course record by about an hour.

The race, conducted by the International Sky Racers Association, went to the top of a major volcano on La Palma Island and featured 14,763 feet elevation gain and loss.

Jones placed second in last yearís Hardrock 100-mile race in Silverton and will be in the field again for this yearís July 13-15 race.

Bird walks to take place Saturday, June 2

For the Birds and the Durango Nature Center will co-sponsor bird walks from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and June 2.

Birder and naturalist Eilene Lyon will lead the walk. Participants will learn to spot and identify Durango birds. Depending on conditions, the walk will cover the area between the Durango Fish Hatchery, the Animas River and Junction Creek.

Participants who have binoculars and field guides should bring them.

An optional donation of $5 will be accepted for Durango Nature Studies.

For more information, call 382-9396 or visit For the Birds at 1560 East Second Ave.

Agency seeking input on black bear plan

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing two plans for managing black bear populations in Southwest Colorado and is seeking comments from the public to gauge opinions about bears.

To gather comments, the agency is using online surveys. Data and comments from the survey will be included in the draft management plans, which will be available for public review on the Parks and Wildlife website late this summer.

The plans will detail targeted population, hunting and harvest objectives.

One plan focuses on an area west of the Animas River, including areas of La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, San Juan and San Miguel counties. The other plan, east of the Animas, includes areas of La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral and Hinsdale counties.

The survey can be taken through June 18 by visiting www.research.net/s/B18DAUplan and www.research.net/s/B6DAUplan.

Written comments about the plans and bear management can be submitted to brad.weinmeister@state.co.us or by mail at 151 E. 16th St., Durango, CO 81301.

Campsites closed on Hermosa Park Road

Some dispersed campsites and parking areas along Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578) will be closed temporarily to public use through Nov. 30.

The closures are because of a U.S. Forest Service project to improve fish habitat and stabilize eroding stream banks in Hermosa Creek and to rehabilitate vegetation.

The affected areas are on the west side of the road between the Upper Hermosa Trailhead at the cattle guard and the switchback in Hermosa Park Road before the intersection with Hotel Draw Road (Forest Road 550). Motorists traveling Hermosa Park Road might encounter heavy truck traffic as boulders are hauled into the area.

For more information, call Clay Kampf at 385-1220.

Eclipse presentation tobeheld at MesaVerde

Mesa Verde National Park will host a presentation for a rare annular eclipse of the sun, which will occur as the moon crosses in front of the sun, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Navajo Canyon overlook on the Mesa Top Loop Road.

The eclipse will take place about 7:30 p.m. A solar scope will be available, and special viewing classes will be provided. Everyone must have appropriate eye protection.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

Seniors Outdoors! announces events

Seniors Outdoors! will host these events:

A moderate hike on the Vallecito Trail with llamas will meet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. The hike is 6.4 miles round trip. To RSVP, call Gail Davidson at 799-2940 or email gdavidson@sagehealthinc.com.

An easy to moderate bike trip on the Chicken Creek cross-country trail will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday. To RSVP, call Sandy Hoagland at 247-3678 or email swhoagy@live.com.

The Wednesday Wanderers will make an easy hike on the No Name Trail. Dogs must be on leash. Nonmembers must RSVP to Sharron Chambers at 259-9271 or email lightnerload@earthlink.net.

A moderate to hard 20 mile bike trip in Columbus Basin with hiking on part of the route will take place May 25. Participants should wear cross-trainer shoes that will accommodate both biking and hiking on a dirt road. To RSVP, call Nancy Federico at 259-1949 or email fortfed@gmail.com.

Colo. panel approves hunting license numbers

GRAND JUNCTION Ė The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved lowering the number of licenses available for hunting mule deer, elk and pronghorn.

Colorado plans to issue about 140,000 limited elk licenses, 80,000 limited deer licenses and 24,000 pronghorn licenses this fall.

The number of mule deer licenses is down 5.8 percent from 2011, and the number of elk licenses is down 2.2 percent. Wildlife officials say thatís because mule deer populations have been declining, and elk herds are reaching targeted population numbers.

Wildlife officials say the number of licenses for hunting black bears will rise now that biologists have determined the statewide black bear population is larger than previously thought. New estimates say 16,000 to 18,000 black bears live in Colorado.

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