Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is starting work to update big game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas. The public is invited to meetings where the planning efforts will be discussed.
In Paonia on July 6 at the public library, 80 Samuel Wade Road, there will be a two-part meeting. At 6 p.m. there will be a presentation and discussion about deer management in GMUs 53 and 63. After a break, the meeting will continue at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation on elk management in GMUs 53, 54 and 63.
A meeting is also scheduled for Cedaredge at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 9, at the Cedaredge Civic Center Centennial Room, 140 NW 2nd Street. At this meeting, deer management in GMUs 411, 52 and 521 will be presented and discussed.
During each meeting, wildlife managers will present information regarding history of management in these areas, harvest and survival trends, and habitat. The planning process is in its early stages and will take about a year to complete. CPW will also be gathering input from the public through online surveys.
"Big game management planning is complex," said J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison. "We need to take into consideration a variety of factors that include scientific analysis and public perception. As the planning process starts it's important for wildlife managers to hear the opinions and concerns of the public."
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.