On-line survey seeks input on elk management near Gunnison
GUNNISON, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input through an on-line survey 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.
Hunters and other interested in providing comments can fill out a survey and comment form on-line at https://www.research.net/r/GunnisonDAU .
Anyone who did not have an opportunity to attend the public scoping meetings in July in Lake City or Gunnison is especially encouraged to participate in the poll.
The survey will be available through Aug. 16.
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.
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“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 hunters, ranchers, landowners, business owners and the general public.”
CPW wildlife managers expect to have the management plan completed early in 2017.
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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