DENVER - The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized its 2013 big-game hunting regulations at its meeting on Jan. 11.
The largest change in regulations from previous years is a modification to the late youth elk hunt program. Originally developed to help address overpopulations of elk on agricultural, private lands in western Colorado, the late youth elk hunting program is transitioning to continue offering hunting opportunities at a time when elk populations are being reduced to desired long-term levels. In 2013, youth with an unfilled limited cow or either-sex elk license will be able to hunt late seasons in the general area of their original license.
Youth big-game hunters interested in 2013 opportunities, should look at the 2013 Colorado Big Game brochure, which will be available at license agents and CPW offices in early February.
Commissioners also approved a proposal to extend the mountain lion season through the month of April. In the past, most units closed to hunting at the end of March. Mountain lions are native to Colorado and biologists say the population in Colorado is robust and healthy.
Commissioners also denied four petitions seeking to overturn a sanctuary regulation that prohibits animals from the wild from being taken into private possession.