Colorado Chronic Wasting Disease Advisory Group
Please Review the CWD Adaptive Management Plan
From October 1 - 31, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) asked for interested individuals to review and comment on the chronic wasting disease (CWD) adaptive management plan created by the CWD Advisory Group. Comments will be carefully considered before management actions are voted on by the CPW Commission in January.
In Colorado, chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in more than half of the deer herds and about one third of elk herds. The proportion of animals in these herds infected with CWD varies across the state, but current science-based information estimates high infection rates in several herds.
In 2018, CPW will be drafting a CWD Response Plan that guides future management of deer, elk and moose herds with high levels of CWD infection. In March 2018, a CWD Advisory Group was created to inform the development of the CWD Response Plan.
Purpose of the Advisory Group
The purpose of the Colorado Chronic Wasting Disease Advisory Group (CWDAG) is to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife in developing a Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan for the State of Colorado. The CWD Response Plan will support the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy and will have the following objectives:
Manage prevalence rates of CWD in wild deer and elk
Control spread of infection to new herds
Provide public with science-based information regarding CWD
Maintain Colorado’s robust deer and elk herds to support public hunting and viewing opportunity
The Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWC) has the authority under state law to direct CPW to complete a CWD Response Plan. CPW has the technical capability to develop this plan; however, the PWC and CPW have chosen to convene an advisory group to ensure various stakeholder interests in CWD are adequately represented. The members of the advisory group were selected to speak for various interests related to CWD in Colorado.
The authority of the CWDAG is limited to advising CPW in the drafting of the CWD Response Plan by the date specified in the Advisory Group Charter. The CWDAG is fundamental to the development of the CWD Response Plan, but the content of the plan, or parts of the plan, may be accepted or modified by CPW or the PWC prior to its approval and implementation.
To contact the CWD Advisory Council, questions or comments can be sent to: DNR_AskCWDAdvisoryGroup@state.co.us.
All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are welcome to participate in person or by conference phone; conference phone information is subject to change according to the meeting venue. A designated time during each meeting will be allocated to public comments. Meeting notes, presentations, and additional information discussed in the meetings will be posted online for the public to review.
Please see the meeting schedule below.
April 26, 2018
May 16, 2018
June 14-15, 2018
July 6, 2018 - Canceled
Canceled - not needed At this time.
July 25, 2018
September 21st, 2018