West Slope Mule Deer Summit is Saturday

Loss of habitat, especially key winter habitat, is one of the reasons behind the decline in mule deer numbers across Colorado and the West. Ways to alleviate declines will be discussed Saturday at the West Slope Mule Deer Summit in Glenwood Springs.



After three months, seven meetings and untold comments — written and otherwise — the stage is set for a plan that might save Colorado’s mule deer.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Keystone Center on Saturday will host the West Slope Mule Deer Summit from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Ramada Inn.

The summit will showcase a draft of the proposed West Slope Mule Deer Strategy.

The meeting is open to the public. Lunch is included.

The plan will be used as a guide to future state efforts to increase mule deer populations in western Colorado.

Public review and comments on the draft plan are welcome.

Mule deer numbers have declined not just in Colorado but across the West. In Colorado, distinct decreases have been noted in key deer areas across the Western Slope.

“The declining mule deer population concerns our agency and many stakeholders across the state,” said Chad Bishop, Wildlife and Natural Resources Assistant Director for Parks and Wildlife.

“The West Slope Mule Deer Summit is intended to bring people together to identify shared strategies that ensure one of Colorado’s most cherished species remains abundant for future generations,” Bishop said.

The meetings, which began in April 2103, included discussions among sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state and federal agencies, local elected officials and interested members of the public on issues facing mule deer and possible solutions.

“The experience and ideas we have heard really help us move forward in trying to increase mule deer to a healthy population number,” said Ron Velarde, Northwest Region manager for Parks and Wildlife. “The summit will finalize our strategy for restoring and preserving mule deer on Colorado’s West Slope.”

Register online at keystone.org/muledeerstatesummit to attend or be notified of when the draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy is available.


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