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Fugitive Mountain Lion, Outdoor Summer Camps, New Drivers Licenses

3/8/2022

Colorado Parks and Wildlife searches for a young mountain lion that clawed a Montezuma County man; San Juan Mountain Association will offer a number of outdoor youth camps this summer, and get a preview of what your next driver's license will look like. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware in Durango and Choice Building Supply Ace Hardware in Cortez

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers searched for a mountain lion that reportedly attacked a man in Montezuma County on February 27th. Enroll your kids in one of the San Juan Mountains Association summer camp programs. And get a gander on the new Colorado driver's license design. You're watching the Local News Roundup, brought to you by Kroeger's ACE hardware in Durango. and Choice Building Supply ACE Hardware in Cortez. I'm Wendy Graham Settle. A mountain lion has been preying on pet cats and chickens in the Lebanon area in Montezuma County and reportedly clawed a man when he opened a door to go outside. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported in a news release last week that Montezuma county resident, Michael Warren, sustained several puncture wounds after his lower right leg was apparently clawed on by a mountain lion. Warren reported to wildlife officials that he heard a loud noise on his front porch on Sunday evening, February 27th and his dogs inside the house started barking aggressively. When Warren opened the door to check out the noise, he stuck his right leg out the door while trying to keep the dogs inside. That's when the mountain lion swiped at him. Wildlife officers searched for the mountain lion Sunday night and again on Monday using hound dogs specifically trained to track mountain lions, but came up empty. Two of Warren's domestic cats were missing and earlier in February, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received reports of a mountain lion in that same vicinity regarding depredation of chickens and another cat. Wildlife officials believe it's the same lion. The February 27th incident is the first reported attack on a human in Colorado since March 2020 and only the 23rd attack on a human in the last 32 years. Depredation of pets or other animals do not qualify as attacks. To learn more about living with mountain lions, visit cpw.state.co.us/lions. The San Juan Mountain Association will offer a week long summer camp for middle to high school students the first week of August. The camp desert to Tundra expedition will explore area trails and waterways in the San Juan mountains where campers will learn about plants, flowers, local forests, camping basics, leave no trace ethics and leadership in communication skills. The camp includes an overnight trip. Scholarships to attend are available. To learn more visit sjma.org. Next time you renew your driver's license, you may receive what the Colorado division of motor vehicles calls the nation's most beautiful state credentials. The new design was selected from among 280 front-side entries and 127 backside entries that were narrowed to a list of three finalists. More than 55,000 Colorado residents cast votes for their favorite. The winning front of card entry by photographer, Matt Nunez, depicts colorful fall foliage at the base of Snuffles Mountain Range on Dallas Divide. The winning back designed by photographer, Gabriel DuPont, shows Sprague lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The new license is expected to be released this fall. That's it for this week's Roundup on the local news network. I'm Wendy Graham Settle.

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