This summer, Colorado residents have reported sightings of grizzly bears and wolves, and even an occasional Bigfoot-type creature.
But this time, the Colorado Division of Widlife can (unfortunately) confirm a beast wandering far from home. A caribou was struck and killed by a car near Greeley this week. The buck, about 350 pounds with a large rack of antlers, was spotted Tuesday grazing alongside U.S. 85 10 miles south of Greeley. Startled by the horn of a passing train, the animal dashed into the path of a car. Caribou normally live in the arctic regions of northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland. They don't live in Colorado.
"We don’t know where a caribou would come from," Colorado Division of Wildlife manager Chad Morgan told the Greeley Tribune. “We don’t know of any farms that have them in this area. I’ve been here four years, and I’ve never seen one.” Other state departments - the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Wildlife and State Veterinarian’s office - said they had no records of caribou in Colorado.