CO: Logan Mountain deer management meetings planned

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is
asking the public for their input and ideas regarding herd
populations and management plans at three public meetings next
month. The meetings are part of the Division’s population
management plans for deer herds in Game Management Units, 31 and
32.

The input from the public about the deer herds in Mesa and
Garfield County is critical input in the herd management revision
process and will assist Division managers establish population
objectives and set goals for the male-female ratio within the
populations.

Big game populations in Colorado are managed in geographic areas
known as Data Analysis Units, which represent the annual ranges of
relatively discrete subpopulations of a given species. DAUs are
then divided into Game Management Units to better control harvest
and hunter numbers.

GMUs 31 and 32 are in an area known as Logan Mountain DAU D-41.
The area includes central Mesa County north of Palisade into
central Garfield County up to the Rio Blanco County line, and east
to Rifle.

“Sportsmen, outfitters, business owners and landowners all have
a vested interest in the big game populations in an area,” said
District Wildlife Manager Albert Romero. “Sportsmen may want larger
herds to increase their hunting opportunities and outfitters and
hunting related businesses may want to bring more hunters to an
area, but landowners may want decreased herd sizes to limit damage
to crops and fences, so we need to hear from a wide variety of
people.”

Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said that the Division
relies on the public to help establish overall management
objectives within a DAU, which are typically revised every 10
years.

“Our biologist and managers can make these decisions on their
own based on biology, but we understand the importance of the
public’s needs to help us make the final decisions,” said Velarde.
“We will always include the needs of the public when we make
management decisions, so we welcome and encourage their input.”

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 and a status quo option. The benefits and
drawbacks to each alternative will be presented at the
meetings.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

May 16, 2011 6:00-8:00 p.m.

De Beque Community Building

381 Minter Avenue

De Beque, CO 81630

May 17, 2011 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Fire Station #1

0124 Stone Quarry Road

Parachute, CO 81635

May 18, 2011 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Colorado Division of Wildlife

NW Regional Office

711 Independent Ave.

Grand Junction, CO 81505

For more information about DAUs go to:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/HerdManagementDAUPlans/

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us.

 

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