Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking input from the public on the development of bear management plans for hunting units west of Colorado Springs, part of an agency-wide effort to update bear management plans statewide.

During late June and July, Colorado wildlife managers will host public meetings in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Canon City to provide information on bear management in Colorado. Managers will be soliciting input on how to maintain healthy bear populations while reducing bear conflicts. The updated plan will apply to Game Management Units in Park, Fremont, Teller, Pueblo and El Paso Counties.

“Colorado’s wildlife belongs to all Coloradans,” said wildlife biologist Julie Stiver. “We manage wildlife based on science and research, but public input is critical in helping us arrive at the best possible plans. We strongly urge Coloradans to participate in managing their wildlife.”

Bear management plans will also consider input from various land management agencies.

At the meetings, members of the public can learn about the current and historic status of black bears around Pikes Peak and areas to the south and west. Wildlife managers will solicit public input on future objectives and management strategies, including trends in population size. Hunting will be the primary tool for meeting agreed-upon population objectives.

For more information, contact Stiver at 719-227-5225 or Julie.Stiver@state.co.us

WHAT: Bear Management Meetings

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th

WHERE: Woodland Park Public Library
218 E Midland Ave.
Woodland Park, CO

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5th

WHERE: Colorado Springs CPW Office
4255 Sinton Road
Colorado Springs, CO

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, July 9th

WHERE: Canon City Hunter Education Building
Highway 50
Canon City, CO

Logo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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