From Colorado Department of Natural Resources
-- Are there too many or too few pronghorn in southeast Colorado? Parks and Wildlife biologists want to know, and have planned public meetings about pronghorn population management in Limon, Walsenburg and La Junta.
Specifically, biologists would like public input about pronghorn populations in portions of Cheyenne, Elbert, El Paso, Huerfano, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero and Pueblo counties.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking input from landowners, livestock operators, hunters, homeowners and recreationists to assist in formulating the 10-year pronghorn management plans. The discussion will focus on controlling pronghorn population through hunting.
To aid the public discussion, several management alternatives will be presented during three public meetings, Feb. 21, 23 and March 2. The alternatives generally include increasing or decreasing overall herd size and male-female ratios, they also may include a status quo option. The benefits and drawbacks to each alternative will be presented at the meetings.
meetings will be held Feb. 21, 6 p.m., La Junta Senior Center, 114 East 2nd St. in La Junta; Feb. 23, 6 p.m., Lathrop State Park Visitor's Center, 70 County Road 502 in Walsenburg; and on March 2, 6 p.m., Limon Community Center, 477 D Ave., Limon.
The three pronghorn management plans discussed will be for Data Analysis Units (DAU) PH-6, which includes Game Management Units (GMU) 112, 113, 114 and 115; DAU PH-7, which includes GMUs 128, 129, 133, 134, 135, 140, 141, 142 and 147; and DAU PH-8 which includes GMUs 110, 111,118, 119, 123 and 124.
Individuals who cannot attend these meetings but would like to provide input about pronghorn management in these areas, may contact Julie Stiver, CPW biologist in Colorado Springs at (719) 227-5225 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Allen Vitt, CPW biologist in Pueblo at (719) 561-5306 or by email: email@example.com.
For more information on pronghorn in Colorado, visit our species profile page.