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The Routt National Forest is reminding the public to avoid using voluntary closure areas from Nov. 15 to April 15 in areas such as this one at Lower Bear Trail.

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Forest Service enacts voluntary trail closures in Routt County

Wildlife experts say several trail areas are key to elk survival

The region’s large elk herds are moving into their winter habitat, and local wildlife officers have responded by enacting voluntary closures to protect those areas. The public is being asked to avoid 10 local areas that are important to the animals’ winter survival.

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