Colorado Mule Deer

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is located just northeast of Denver, Colorado suburbs and is the one of the largest urban refuges in the country. It supports 330 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. In World War II, the area was used by the government to manufacture chemical weapons. Shell Oil and the government started to clean up the facility and area in the 1980’s and finally in the mid 1990’s partnered with the Army and US Fish and Wildlife to establish the refuge for Wildlife. The refuge is now 15,000 acres run by the US Fish and Wildlife and home to bison, deer, coyotes, bald eagles, owls and many more species.

Down near the lake area within the brush and trees I came upon a herd of Colorado Mule Deer grazing in the long grass and leaves. The Colorado Mule Deer are pretty timid and spook fairly easily so I stayed my distance. Luckily I had my telephoto lens and multiplier mounted on my camera already in hopes of seeing wildlife.  I was able to capture a few images before moving on within the refuge.  These two Colorado Mule Deer were definitely on alert this morning.

Colorado Mule Deer
Colorado Mule Deer | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • ljsaltiel

    Really nice to see that land used for weapons is now a refuge. Nice capture Rick.

  • chrisnitz

    Wow, it is great to see that Shell worked with the government to create a sanctuary for wildlife. That is probably the best story I’ll read today, and it made me happy 🙂

  • Wonderful capture Rick.