Outside briefs, Oct. 29, 2016

Residents are urged to

remove items in yards

that can harm wildlife

After a young buck deer got tangled in a hammock, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging residents to take down equipment and yard toys that can cause problems for wildlife.

At this time of year, buck deer are especially active because the mating season is approaching. It’s common for deer to get tangled in hammocks, volleyball nets, swing sets, tire swings, clothes lines, yard decorations, garden fencing, tomato cages, buckets, etc. Those items should be stored for the winter or covered and secured. 

Every year holiday lights also end up as decorations on the heads of deer, and CPW officials urge residents to attached lights tightly and not to drape them over trees or shrubs. Lights should also be hung more than six feet above the ground.

If you see an animal tangled in a net or decorations, please call the nearest CPW office or local law enforcement. Do not approach the animal or attempt to remove items. An animal does not understand that you are trying to help it and can be very dangerous in that type of circumstance.

‘Check Out’ program wins project of the year

 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife received the 2016 Library Project of the Year award on Oct. 21 from the Colorado Association of Libraries. CPW was recognized for the Check Out Colorado State Parks program, which allows Colorado library users to check out Colorado state parks passes. The award recognizes “a creative and innovative project (that) furthers library service within the state of Colorado.”

Starting June 20, libraries across the state began offering two Colorado State Parks passes to check out, along with a parks activity backpack containing educational materials. CPW partnered with the Colorado State Library to design the program for a pilot program at eight libraries in 2015.

The next summer, a total of 287 libraries statewide (public, academic and military) cooperatively implemented the program, putting two backpacks in each library.

Check Out Colorado State Parks passes are good for entry into any Colorado state park for up to seven days. One park pass permits one vehicle per park. The backpack that accompanies the pass includes binoculars, a wildlife viewing guide, a tree and wildflower identification guide, a park brochure, suggested activities list and a guide to Leave No Trace outdoor ethics principles.

Elk management plan

is now posted online

 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed its draft elk management plan for Game Management Units 66 and 67 and the document is now posted on the CPW web site for a 30-day comment period at: http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx.

 Elk management plans establish objectives for population size in specific areas about every 10 years. These objectives are utilized by CPW for annual license setting.

CPW biologists gathered input from hunters during the development of this draft plan over the past year. Input from hunters was gathered through two public scoping meetings that attracted more than 200 people, an online survey open to the general public, a randomized survey of people who have hunted in GMUs 66 and 67, and various comment letters.

The draft plan will go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission early next year for review and approval.

Comments on the draft plan can be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or mailed to Attn: Kevin Blecha, 300 W. New York Ave., Gunnison, 81230. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 22.


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