Evaluation of Elk Management Near Gunnison

CPW evaluating elk management near Gunnison

CPW_SiteLogoGUNNISON, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be seeking public input at two meetings regarding a new elk-management plan for an area near Gunnison. The new plan will guide elk management in Game Management Units 66 and 67, which are located south of Gunnison and north of Lake City.

The meetings: 6:30-8:30 p.m., July 26, in Lake City at the Armory on 230 Bluff Street (corner of Third and Bluff streets); and in Gunnison, 6:30-8:30 p.m., July 27, in the student center theater on the campus of Western State Colorado University. Anyone who can’t attend the meetings can submit comments to CPW at: Kevin.blecha@state.co.us.


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At the meetings, CPW wildlife staff will give a presentation about the current status of the elk herd in that area.

Management plans are written for specific elk and deer herd areas – known as Data Analysis Units ‒ and are updated about once every ten years. The plans, which include individual population objectives, take into consideration a variety of factors and influence management related to hunter harvest and hunter opportunity. Factors include: agricultural, range and ecological conditions, socio-economic considerations, input from other state and federal agencies, and input from hunters and the general public.

“There is a lot of information we need to develop an elk management plan and input from the public is a critical piece of information to assure a well-reasoned plan,” said J Wenum, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Gunnison. “So we want to hear from ranchers, landowners, business owners, hunters and the general public.”

CPW wildlife managers expect to have the management plan completed in the spring.


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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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