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Forest service couple bows out

A public face of the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest is resigning from her position to take a chief ranger job in her home state of Nebraska.

Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann is stepping down from her post after May 1 to be the chief ranger at Homestead National Monument, in Beatrice, Neb. Denise's husband, Dave, who is a telecommunications specialist for the Forest Service, also is stepping down and will continue to work in a similar position for the government in Nebraska.

Denise came to Steamboat Springs in 1992 and played a major role in the interpretation of the Routt Divide Blowdown in 1997. She received the National Interpreter of the Year award in 2000 for her work with that project.

"Denise has played a vital role in community relations and education on Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest," Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Pipher said. "Dave also has been a great asset to us, keeping the communication towers operational in all kinds of weather and ensuring the operation of our telephones and computers. They will be missed."

Big game harvest bags big numbers

Colorado hunters killed record numbers of mountain goat, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and moose in 2000, according to Division of Wildlife big game harvest numbers released last week.

Hunters bagged 192 mountain goats in 2000, a success rate of 91 percent. The Division of Wildlife estimates there are roughly 1,600 mountain goats in the state.

For Rocky Mountain bighorn hunters killed 193 animals, a success rate of 58 percent.

Moose hunters also enjoyed their highest success rate since 1995. In 2000, a record 8,273 hunters applied for licenses to hunt moose; only 85 were issued. The hunters who did receive licenses were successful 91 percent of the time, killing 64 moose, the highest success rate since 1992.

The biggest problem DOW officials are having with managing moose is illegal harvests during deer and elk season. This occurs most often when hunters mistake moose for deer or elk.

However, illegal moose harvests were low in 2000.

There is a $1,450 fine associated with illegally killing a moose. Most people report themselves when this sort of incident occurs, but some hunters try to evade the authorities, according to the DOW.

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