Colorado's Wildlife Story
Early settlers described the West as a vast land filled with wildlife. But by the late 1800s, population growth, uncontrolled hunting and fishing, and changes in land use had taken their toll.
I desire to say a word in favor of protecting our game--birds, beasts, and fishes--all of which are being wastefully destroyed...and unless some law is passed...the buffalo, elk, deer, antelope and trout will soon become extinct, and Colorado will be robbed of the many attractions she today possesses.
Colorado Territorial Governor Edwin M. McCook, 1872
For some species we've changed the land too much. The buffalo, the grizzly bear, and the gray wolf may never return. But wildlife is important to the people of Colorado. With governments, citizens, landowners, hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists working together, many wildlife species have recovered dramatically.
Today, the challenge of protecting wild animals and their habitats continues. Enjoy Colorado's wild heritage, and help us keep all wildlife a part of our future.
Erected 1999 by Colorado Historical Society. (Marker Number 223.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
Location. 40° 57.976′ N, 102° 15.095′ W. Marker is in Julesburg, Colorado, in Sedgwick County. Marker is at the intersection of Interstate 76 and U.S. 385 on Interstate 76. Touch for map. Marker is at the Colorado Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Julesburg CO 80737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Days of the Buffalo (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Colorado (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express Trail (here, next to this marker); Prairie Home Companions (approx. 0.6 miles away); Devil’s Dive / The Italian Underground (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Town that Wouldn't Die (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fourth Julesburg (approx. 1˝ miles away); Nearby Things to See and Do (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Julesburg.
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
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