Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting the public to participate in an elk herd management presentation scheduled in Eagle for Thursday, July 19.
At the presentation, wildlife managers will discuss current elk management issues and offer several options for population objectives in three Data Analysis Units including:
Piney River Elk Herd - DAU E-12 - Includes GMUs 35, 36, 361
Avalanche Creek Elk Herd - DAU E-15 - Includes GMUs 43 and 471
Frying Pan River Elk Herd - DAU E-16 - Includes GMUs 44, 45, 47, 444
The public can express management preferences through surveys provided at the presentation's conclusion. The surveys will also be available online.
"We encourage everyone to attend," said terrestrial biologist Julie Mao, of Glenwood Springs. "It's important for the public to understand the various options and how each management alternative could affect their interests."
Establishing herd population objectives involves potentially competing interests that may include hunting, business, and agriculture. The habitat in these areas is another critical factor that wildlife managers will consider when drafting management plans.
"Input from stakeholders combined with our data helps us make management decisions that the public can support," continued Mao.
Once the final management plans are approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, meeting population objectives will be accomplished through hunting, a proven and effective method of managing big game.
The Eagle meeting is planned Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library.