Wildlife abounds on Southern Ute lands

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The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) Ute: ’ɵɵghwa’ayɵvi
The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Ute: Sigwanachi
The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Ute: Tʉiyʉ
The Great Horned Owl (Bubo Virginianus) Ute: Muupʉchi
courtesy Jeremiah Valdez
courtesy Jeremiah Valdez
courtesy Jeremiah Valdez
courtesy Jeremiah Valdez
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Herons, hawks, eagles and owls easily make the land, sky and water their home on the Southern Ute Reservation. Sleepy black bears, young bucks in velvet, migrant elk herds crisscrossing the high country and unseen lions in brushy thickets of red willow along the banks of the seven rivers that intersect the homelands of the Mouache and Capote bands are a rare, but wonderful sight. Southern Ute tribal member Jeremiah Valdez has photographed these birds and animals in their natural habitat from one season to the next.

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