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CPW invites public to learn more about upcoming elk research, agency hosting meeting in Steamboat Springs

CPW invites public to learn more about upcoming elk research, agency hosting meeting in Steamboat Springs
New elk research projects soon underway. CPW invites residents in Steamboat Springs to learn more
Mike Porras
CPW invites public to learn more about upcoming elk research, agency hosting meeting in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Beginning in early March, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a long-term, two-part study in Routt and Eagle Counties to assess the current and future health of elk populations in these areas. For approximately the next six years, residents may see activity related to the effort, including helicopters, trail cameras and collared elk.

To learn more about the goals of these and other similar studies across the state, CPW is inviting the public to attend a gathering with researchers and local wildlife managers at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 5 at CPW's Steamboat Springs office, 925 Weiss Drive.

“This research will help CPW, local communities and land managers make informed decisions about conserving our wildlife resources," said Area Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf of Steamboat Springs. "We are experiencing some unsettling changes in elk populations in other locales around the state including declining cow/calf ratios. My goal is to get ahead of the problem in this area. This research will help us answer many questions so that we can make effective management decisions."

Middledorf says local elk populations remain healthy; however, a major concern of his is the growing human population and demand for additional outdoor recreation in Routt County.

"Outdoor recreation is not going away, it’s a way of life, it is how we connect to the outdoors," he said. "However, we are starting to ask ourselves what toll does all of this activity have on wildlife populations? This research will provide many answers to this and other questions."

Wildlife managers say entire communities are affected by the health of wildlife populations, not just hunters.

"Everyone has a stake in this issue, whether you hunt, mountain bike, camp, ski, hike or just live in this community," said Middledorf. "This research is critical and will tell us much about the future of our wildlife management in Colorado. We hope to see a good turnout."

To learn more about CPW's research efforts, visit the CPW website.

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
What: Meeting to learn about important new elk research
When: 5:30-6:30, Tuesday, Feb. 5
Where: CPW's Steamboat Springs Office, 925 Weiss Drive


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