Roaring Fork and Eagle Valley Black Bear Population
Please review and provide input on the Draft Bear Management Plan for the Roaring Fork and Eagle Valley black bear population. This bear plan covers Game Management Units (GMUs) 35, 36, 43, 44, 45, 47, 361, 444, and 471. These areas are referred to geographically as Data Analysis Unit (DAU) B-11.
After reviewing the draft plan, please complete the online survey by November 10, 2021. Comments may also be emailed to Wildlife Biologist Julie Mao or mailed to:
Julie MaoColorado Parks and WildlifeAttn. B-11 Plan0088 Wildlife WayGlenwood Springs, CO 81601
Cimarron Mule Deer and Elk Herds
Please share your input on the management of the Cimarron deer and elk herds, which cover Game Management Units (GMUs) 64 and 65 in portions of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, and Ouray counties. These areas are also referred to geographically as Data Analysis Units (DAUs) D-40 and E-35.
Please review the draft deer plan and the draft elk plan and email your comments to Alyssa Kircher by November 15, 2021. Comments may also be mailed to:
Colorado Parks and WildlifeAttn. Alyssa Kircher2300 S. Townsend Ave.Montrose, CO 81401
Big game populations are managed to achieve population and sex ratio objectives established for Data Analysis Units. A Data Analysis Unit (DAU) is the geographic area that represents the year-around range of a big game herd and includes all of the seasonal ranges of a specific herd. Each DAU usually is composed of several Game Management Units (GMUs), but in some cases only one GMU makes up a DAU.
The purpose of an HMP plan is to integrate the plans and intentions of Colorado Parks and Wildlife with the concerns and ideas of land management agencies and interested public to determine how a big game herd in a DAU should be managed.
In preparing n HMP plan, agency personnel attempt to balance the biological capabilities of the herd and its habitat with the public's demand for wildlife recreational opportunities.
The primary decisions needed for each HMP plan are how many animals should exist in the DAU and what is the desired sex ratio for the population of big game animals (e.g., the number of males per 100 females).
The selection of population and sex ratio objectives (which are set for a 10-year period of time) drive important decisions in the big game season setting process, namely:
What types of hunting seasons are required to achieve the harvest objective