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    One of the reasons we love Durango

    and by we, I expect everyone who has spent time here and is on this forum.
    Cycling in Durango Colorado

    I particularly like the line "There are almost a thousand miles of trails for mountain bikers, hundreds of miles of highway for the roadies"
    Seems about the right ratio.

    In poking around the site, I was surprised to discover that wolverines are in Colorado. I've seen badger, but never those guys. Anyone see one or have a pic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman View Post
    and by we, I expect everyone who has spent time here and is on this forum...
    Durango is so incredibly awesome. I live in Salida, which is obviously a great place, but when I travel to see other sites, D-Town is top of my list.

    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman View Post
    ... surprised to discover that wolverines are in Colorado. I've seen badger, but never those guys. Anyone see one or have a pic?
    Wolverines technically exist in CO, but they are really, really rare. Quote from one of the below articles: "... the last remaining 250 to 300 wolverines that live in the wild in the lower 48 ..."

    As I understand it, most of the lower 48 animals are in northern MT and ID. There are probably some in CO, but not a viable breeding population. These articles are about the proposed re-introduction. Seems like they want to do it without all the angst that was created when Lynx were listed under the endangered species act.

    Let's welcome back wolverines to Colorado - The Denver Post

    Timid steps won't recover wolverines in Colorado or anywhere - Boulder Daily Camera

    They are really cool animals, but I don't think I'd want to be within about 100 feet of one without some kind of protective barrier. They are reputed to be vicious. Just like anything in the weasel family...
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    There's at least one Wolverine in the Mt. Zirkel wilderness. Even the DOW agrees.

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    Nice to hear other confirmation of Wolverine in Colorado.
    Hopefully their numbers pick up; be nice if we start to see wolves come down from Yellowstone as well. I one was killed on I-70 a few years ago, I suppose there could be a small population somewhere in our state.
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    Durango Sucks Ass Brossman! And I've been told by reliable sources that you don't even mtb

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    As I understand it wolverines have a very wide range in the summer, they can travel hundreds of miles. I worked with a wildlife biologist on a NEPA project a couple years back, while we were doing mostly lynx surveys, he was in the know about a lot of wolverine stuff too. He said there was one with a collar that wandered widely and I mean widely, through CO but the collar stopped working so they lost track of it. There are probably more but they are probably few in number.

    And yes, Wolverine introduction in CO would be very contentious, especially with the proponents of more industrialized forms of recreation and extraction.

    Durango is a cool town for sure. I had a GF who was going to school there and I spent a lot of time there a while back. Gets a bit hot in the summer for my tastes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Gets a bit hot in the summer for my tastes though.
    Well of course, you live in a refrigerator.

    That heat is the price you pay for wearing short sleeves in winter.

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    It can get hot, but it does not last too long for me.
    Besides, it makes the after ride dip in the Animas so nice.
    Craig, Durango CO
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    ... Gets a bit hot in the summer ...
    That. Is a selling point! Warm town with cool mountains right out of town? Yeah.

    Then when it gets chilly you're super close to Cortez and Farmington, not too far from either Moab or Grand Junkyard, 6 hours from Sedona.

    You summit county (and Leadville, and Gunny) people are freakish in your ability to not only tolerate but enjoy cold. Ick.

    As I get older I look longingly south every year when the warm weather slides away.

    But that's just me (and some other people).
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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to TomP again.

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    I was moving that direction as I get older, but getting a fat bike changed that a few years ago.
    Now I look forward to new snow and riding even slower!
    Craig, Durango CO
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    We spent some time in Durango before we did the Hut ride in July. Great place. I didn't want to leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post

    As I get older I look longingly south every year when the warm weather slides away.

    But that's just me (and some other people).
    I'll get off your lawn now.

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    Durango is great and I don't mind the summer heat there. As compared to where I live, Durango has it made. I have also spend some time in Gunnison and CB and the winters there would be too harsh for me. Gunny is one of the coldest place in winter, in the lower 48…
    No matter where though, the riding in CO rules!!
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    Here is another: The Durango Herald 10/31/2013 | Durango cycling celebrates success
    I have not been to all that many places, and in the last 20-some years I have lived only in Colorado, but this is the most cycle-centric town I have ever experienced.
    What are the others?
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