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Walk-In Atlas now available to hunters

DENVER The Walk-In Access Program Atlas is now available to hunters and they will not need a bird dog to find it.

The atlas will serve as a guide for participants in Colorado's new Walk-In Access Program, which opens private property in eastern Colorado to pheasant hunters who purchase a $20 Walk-In Access Program stamp.

Free copies of the atlas can be found at most licensing agents and all Division offices along the Front Range. A copy of the atlas, updates and corrections to the atlas can be viewed at the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site (www.wildlife.state.co.us). Once the Web page is accessed, those who wish to view the atlas should follow the links to the Walk-In Access Program Web page.

The atlas includes detailed maps of the 113,000 acres of property. The maps, categorized by county, pinpoint the locations of the properties and also include cover types that each property offers.

'Killing Coyote' to air on Friday

A movie depicting the strained relationship between humans and coyotes will air on the public television station at 10 p.m. Friday. Though some estimate that humans kill 400,000 coyotes each year, the animals still continue to thrive.

The movie "Killing Coyote" focuses on the modern coyote problem. Ranchers want to protect their livestock from the wily scavengers, hunters engage in bounty hunts for the most dead bodies and cash prizes, animal rights activists seek to reserve dignity and respect for a wild creature, and the political agencies, both on civic and federal levels, listen to all these voices.

Ferrets to be released Thursday

DENVER On Thursday, more than three-dozen black-footed ferrets will be released along the Wolf Creek and Coyote Basin areas in northwest Colorado. The effort will mark the ninth wild release of the species since recovery operations began in the mid-1980s. It is the first release of black-footed ferrets in Colorado.

Biologists from the Colorado Division of Wildlife are working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to manage the release.

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