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Middle Park pronghorn management plan meeting Wednesday, June 29

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold two public meetings in June and gather input from the public as the agency updates the pronghorn management plans for Grand and Summit Counties. The first meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at the Grand County CSU CO-OP Extension in Kremmling, 210 11th Street. The second meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Granby Library, 55 Zero Street in Granby.

Typically updated every 10 years, DAU plans determine whether a herd will be managed as an increasing, decreasing or stable population, the overall population of the species, and male to female ratio – a criteria that determines whether the unit will provide more hunting opportunity or limited, high-quality hunting. CPW identifies the area as Data Analysis Unit A-37 and currently incorporates Game Management Units 18, 27, 28, 37, 371 and 181; however, as part of the public discussion at both meetings, wildlife managers are considering adding GMUs 15, 26, and 231 to the DAU.

“We are providing the public with two opportunities to weigh in and let us know what they prefer in terms of how this population of pronghorn are to be managed,” said Area Wildlife Manager Lyle Sidener of Hot Sulphur Springs. “We have some very good science and research available, but the public’s concerns are a very important part of successful wildlife management so we encourage everyone to attend.”

Sidener says that in addition to hunters and outfitters, a wide variety of interests have a stake in wildlife management.

“Local hotels, sporting goods stores, restaurants, game processing establishments and many other businesses all benefit from big game hunting in Colorado,” he said. “Business owners and the general public all should definitely have a say in this matter.

The Blue Valley Sportsman Club will host the Kremmling meeting. The organization is one of the oldest sportsman’s club in Colorado, chartered in 1955. The club is comprised of hunters, anglers and shooters from Grand and Summit County with common goals to conserve, restore, and manage wildlife and its habitat in the Blue River Valley.

For more information about DAU plans, visit cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx

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