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CPW seeks public input in developing a West Slope mule deer strategy

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in coordination with The Keystone Center, an independent facilitator, is holding a series of seven public meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations.

Across the West, state wildlife agencies are seeing declines in mule deer populations. In recent years, mule deer populations in Colorado have decreased below the target objectives set by wildlife managers in concert with the public. CPW is embarking on a process to bring together sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state agencies, federal agencies, local elected officials and any other interested members of the public to discuss the issues facing mule deer and discuss solutions. While many ideas exist, a focused effort by all groups can make a difference.

"The declining mule deer population is concerning to our agency and many stakeholders across the state," said Chad Bishop, assistant director, Wildlife and Natural Resources for CPW. "Due to the variety of factors that influence deer populations, we are looking for public feedback on an approach that brings together everyone's limited resources in an impactful way."

Public meetings are an opportunity for people to meet with agency staff, learn more about the history of mule deer in Colorado, and provide input to be considered in developing a mule deer strategy.

"We truly want to hear from sportsmen, landowners, industry, conservationists and other constituents about their current experiences with mule deer and their ideas moving forward to increase the population," added Ron Velarde, Northwest Region manager for CPW.

Time and locations of all seven meetings are on the CPW website, and on The Keystone Center website at: http://www.keystone.org/muledeer

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