CPW to host pronghorn management meetings
Do you think there too many or too few pronghorn in southeast Colorado? Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists want to know. To find out, the agency is holding public meetings about pronghorn population management in Limon, Walsenburg and La Junta.
Specifically, biologists would like public input about the pronghorn populations in portions of Cheyenne, Elbert, El Paso, Huerfano, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero and Pueblo counties.
The following three pronghorn management plans will be discussed: Data Analysis Units (DAU) PH-6, which includes Game Management Units (GMU) 112, 113, 114 and 115; DAU PH-7, which includes GMUs 128, 129, 133, 134, 135, 140, 141, 142 and 147; and DAU PH-8 which includes GMUs 110, 111,118, 119, 123 and 124.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like input from landowners, livestock operators, hunters, homeowners and recreationists to assist in formulating the 10-year pronghorn management plans. The discussion will focus on controlling pronghorn population through hunting.
To aid the public in discussion, several management alternatives will be presented at the public meetings. The alternatives generally include increasing or decreasing overall herd size and male-female ratios, they also may include a status quo option. The benefits and drawbacks to each alternative will be presented at the meetings.
The meetings will be held in the following locations:
Feb. 21--6 p.m., La Junta Senior Center, 114 East 2nd St., La Junta;
Feb. 23--6 p.m., Lathrop State Park Visitor's Center, 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg; and
March 2--6 p.m., Limon Community Center, 477 D Ave., Limon.
If you cannot attend these meetings but would like to provide input about pronghorn management in these areas, you may contact Julie Stiver, CPW biologist in Colorado Springs at 719-227-5225 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Allen Vitt, CPW biologist in Pueblo at 719-561-5306 or email@example.com.
For more information on pronghorn in Colorado, visit our species profile page at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Mammals/Pages/Pronghorn.aspx.
To learn more about pronghorn hunting in Colorado, please see our Big Game Regulations at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/RegulationsBrochures/Pages/BigGame.aspx.