CPW meeting to discuss plans to save mule deer in state

DENVER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in coordination with The Keystone Center, an independent facilitator, is holding a series of meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy.
The strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations.
Across the West, state wildlife agencies are seeing declines in mule deer populations. In recent years, mule deer populations in Colorado have decreased below the target objectives set by wildlife managers in concert with the public.
The CPW is embarking on a process to bring together sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state agencies, federal agencies, local elected officials and any other interested members of the public to discuss the issues facing mule deer and discuss solutions.
While many ideas exist, a focused effort by all groups can make a difference.
“The declining mule deer population is concerning to our agency and many stakeholders across the state,” said Chad Bishop, assistant director, Wildlife and Natural Resources for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Due to the variety of factors that influence deer populations, we are looking for public feedback on an approach that brings together everyone’s limited resources in an impactful way.”
Public meetings are an opportunity for people to meet with agency staff, learn more about the history of mule deer in Colorado and provide input to be considered in developing a mule deer strategy.
“We truly want to hear from sportsmen, landowners, industry, conservationists and other constituents about their current experiences with mule deer and their ideas moving forward to increase the population,” added Ron Velarde, Northwest Region Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Two meetings set for Northwest Colorado are: Eagle on May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, 426 Fairgrounds Rd.; and in Craig on May 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 East Victory Way.

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