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Deer numbers may be reduced to control wasting disease

November 23, 2001 Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
A get-tough policy being drafted by the Division of Wildlife calls for aggressive culling of deer along the northern Front Range to control chronic wasting disease. The policy's highest priority would be to control the disease by reducing deer numbers until its incidence is no more than 1 percent in herds that are affected. Managing herds for public hunting would come second.

The newly revised plans call for a 26 percent reduction in deer numbers north and northwest of Fort Collins, a 17 percent reduction in deer in the Lyons, Loveland and Estes Park areas in game unit 20, and a 23 percent reduction in deer along the South Platte River in northeastern Colorado.

The draft plans, called Data Analysis Unit plans, are available at division offices in Denver, Fort Collins and Brush or on the division's Web site, -www.wildlife.state.co.us. Public comment is invited until Friday. A meeting on the plan for the Big Thompson deer herd also will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Loveland at the Lon Hagler DOW office, 4207 W. County Road 16E.

Deadline to comment on draft of Strategic Plan extended

The Division of Wildlife has extended the period for written public comment on the first draft of its Strategic Plan to Dec. 5. The deadline previously was Nov. 12. The Strategic Plan will prioritize and steer Colorado's wildlife management for the next five years. Copies are available at wildlife offices and on the division's Web site,

www.wildlife.state.co.us.


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