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Big cat just watches

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Two trails near Crested Butte were closed after a mountain lion was seen in the area. The lion did nothing aggressive, but was simply observing people, a state wildlife manager, J. Wenum, told the Crested Butte News. But even if authorities said trail users had a better chance of winning the lottery than getting attacked by the lion, they decided not to push their luck, and hence closed the trails.

 

Aspens chewed on by bugs

ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen’s namesake tree is being threatened by a parasite called willow scale. While the parasite is native to the area, the bugs have become more prevalent. The city’s forester, Chris Forman, tells the Aspen Times that watering and pruning trees is important to keeping them healthy and less vulnerable to the parasite.

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