The delicate balance of managing wildlife

State wildlife officials want to reduce the number of bears and cougars in a 500-acre area of the Roan Plateau to see if survival rates of mule deer fawns improve.

If survival rates in the study area are better than a control area southeast of Meeker where predator populations would remain untouched, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials may have an answer to a longstanding question about why the Western Slope mule deer population is slumping.

Seems like a reasonable approach.


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