Deer help bighorns give wildlife flavor to annual event
Bighorn Day once again lived up to its name at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Feb. 13. According to park interpreter Bret Tennis, “bighorns were
Although the electronic counter that keeps track of people entering the building was inadvertently covered by a banner, center director of operations Bonnie Frum said she thought the turnout was around 3,000, which would be close to the record of 3,197 in 2008. Last year, with cold and snow, the count was closer to 2,000.
The five-hour event, organized by the Visitor Center and the Division of Wildlife (DOW), highlighted the two bighorn herds in the area, including the Rampart herd that grazes in and near the Garden of the Gods.
Activities included presentations, guided nature walks and youth games. Information tables were manned by the National Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, The City of Colorado Springs - Garden of the Gods, Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG), Glen Eyrie and the Bighorn Society.
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