The Aspenwing team had the privilege of visiting the Division of Wildlife and touring their facilities. Dr Lisa Wolfe was our generous host in touring the grounds and explaining the importance of the DOW’s various projects.
At the Fort Collins DOW they have a wide variety of animals which act as important ambassadors to research and preservation of Colorado wildlife. While touring the grounds we were first introduced to a moose named Antlers. Some of you might know who he is. Antlers was the moose that wandered into a hotel in Colorado Springs when he was just three days old and is parents could not be found.
After visiting with Antlers we were introduced to some deer and elk. The adult elk and deer are used for feed testing. The DOW is trying to come up with a nutrient dense pellet to drop out in the wild to help grazing deer achieve their daily nutrient requirements during severe winter storms.
After feeding the elk and giving Antlers a banana, the next stop was the baby pens. There were a few baby prong horns, big horned sheep, as well as a baby mule deer. We were able to assist the employees with bottle-feeding the prong horn and working with halter training them. We had a blast seeing the babies which were surprisingly friendly, we even got some kisses from the mule deer!
The last stop was to visit the mountain lions. They acquired the lions when they were infants because their mother had been killed. It was amazing to see a mountain lion only a few inches away! We witnessed first hand how they work with the three lions. The Division of Wildlife has worked extremely hard clicker training these lions which enables the staff to safely handle and care for them. One of the lions has to receive medications a few times a day along with laser therapy which is easily performed due to the extensive training.
I would like to give a huge thanks and gratitude to both Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Chappell for providing us with this wonderful opportunity to visit the Division of Wildlife and allowing us to interact with some amazing animals!