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Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public comment on eastern Colorado deer management plans

Bridget Kochel
Statewide Public Information Officer
720-219-2919 /

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public comment on eastern Colorado deer management plans

All public comments must be submitted by May 25, 2020.
DENVER– Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) posted three draft Deer Herd Management Plans online to solicit public input on the proposed framework to manage deer populations in eastern Colorado.

Collecting feedback from stakeholders, the general public and staff is an essential part of the CPW planning process. To provide feedback on deer populations, email Wildlife Biologist Marty Stratman at All public comments must be submitted by May 25, 2020. 

The management plans are developed based on the history of a herd, biological capabilities of the habitat, public demand for wildlife recreation, and the concerns of other public agencies and agricultural producers. The plans also guide hunting-license allocation for fall seasons. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is also a consideration for management in these three deer management areas. The 2019 CWD prevalence is estimated at over five percent, the statewide threshold for compulsory management actions, in all three herd areas.  At the end of the public comment period, submitted comments will be used to determine final recommendations for objective ranges and incorporated into the Deer Herd Management Plan before it is sent to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission for the final approval process.

For more information about herd management plans, visit the CPW website
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