The agency is charged by statute to protect, preserve, enhance and manage the wildlife resources of the state and to provide a quality state parks system. Wildlife management objectives such as determining the numbers and types of wildlife taken, and providing opportunities to hunt, fish, or engage in other wildlife and outdoor-related recreation are realized through the creation of regulations by the Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Enforcement of season dates, bag limits, license requirements, off-highway vehicles, boating and Parks rules are part of the Law Enforcement section. Without wildlife and parks management, Colorado’s abundant and diverse wildlife populations and recreational opportunities would not exist.
Colorado wildlife law generally prohibits the live possession of both native and exotic wildlife. However, special wildlife licenses can be issued which authorize the private possession of live wildlife for a limited number of particular purposes (such as rehabilitation, falconry, or scientific collection).