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Parks seeks public input on pronghorn herd plan

The draft herd management plan for pronghorn southwest of Pueblo and along the Wet Mountain Valley is available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website until Friday, Nov. 29.

The public will have the opportunity to provide written comments regarding several possible population objectives and management strategies for the pronghorn population in Game Management Units 69, 84, 85, 86, 691 and 861.

The area being reviewed for management adjustments includes portions of Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Pueblo and Las Animas Counties.

The draft management plan was developed with information compiled by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and with public input gathered from hunters and landowners within the region.

Hunters who applied for a license within the area and local landowners were given the opportunity to offer comments through online survey.

“We rely on the public’s input to develop these management plans,” said Allen Vitt, terrestrial biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“We blend societal concerns with science and biology to ensure we manage our wildlife with the public’s support.”

Before the final management plan is finalized, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hopes to gather additional public input.

To find the draft management plan go to cpw.state.co.us and click on the “Hunting” tab, then click on “Big Game” on the left-hand menu, then scroll down and select “Herd Management Plans” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

The draft plan can also be found by visiting the herd management website.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m., Nov. 29, and can be sent to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Attention: Allen Vitt, 600 Reservoir Rd. Pueblo, CO 81005 or by email to Allen.Vitt@state.co.us

Printed copies of the plan will also be available at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Pueblo office at the above address.

For additional information or general questions, call Allen Vitt at 561-5306.

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