A number of Castlewood Canyon State Park trails, climbing routes closed for wildlife

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Several trails and climbing routes at Castle Wood Canyon State Park remain closed to protect nesting birds of prey and other wildlife in the park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said Wednesday.

Park rangers at the park remind visitors to please stick to the designated trails and follow trail closures to ensure there is a successful nesting season.

Several birds of prey can be spotted in the park, including golden eagle, Swainson’s goshawk, Cooper’s goshawk, red-tailed hawk and prairie falcon, officials said.

They also remind the public that golden eagles are protected by the US Fish & Wildlife Service under the authority of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Disturbing a golden eagle’s nest carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a year in prison, they said.

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