The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet Jan. 9 and 10 to finalize 2014 big game hunting regulations, give final consideration to the wildlife mitigation plan for the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir, and give final consideration to a ban on the use of “drones” for hunting or scouting.
The January meeting will be held at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Classroom at 6060 Broadway in Denver beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 and is scheduled to adjourn shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. A complete agenda can be found online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Commission/2014/Jan/AGENDA.pdf
Other items on the January meeting agenda include a Thursday afternoon overview of hunting participation in Colorado. On Friday morning, Commissioners will vote on regulations that include a ban on the use of unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” in hunting or scouting. While drones are not commonly used currently, the increasing affordability of new flight and video technology has raised concerns about the possibility of drone use for hunting. Commissioners will consider two dozen other regulatory changes to the 2014 big game regulations that range from establishing new hunts in some units to developing a non-resident big game and fishing combination license.
Friday morning will also include a presentation on designation of a portion of the Arkansas River as a “Gold Medal” fishing water. Commissioners will also hear from a private individual who is petitioning to allow possession of kinkajous in Colorado. The kinkajou is a rainforest mammal related to raccoons and ringtails and is currently prohibited in the state.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. In 2014, the commission is scheduled to hold meetings in Denver, Salida, Grand Junction, Alamosa, Meeker, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Burlington and Colorado Springs.
Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online. To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.
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