CPW invites public to learn more about upcoming elk research
Beginning in early March, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a long-term, two-part study in Routt and Eagle counties to assess the current and future health of elk populations in these areas. For approximately the next six years, residents may see activity related to the effort, including helicopters, trail cameras and collared elk.
To learn more about the goals of these and other similar studies across the state, CPW is inviting the public to attend a gathering with researchers and local wildlife managers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at CPW’s Steamboat Springs office, 925 Weiss Drive.
“This research will help CPW, local communities and land managers make informed decisions about conserving our wildlife resources,” said Area Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf of Steamboat Springs in a news release. “We are experiencing some unsettling changes in elk populations in other locales around the state including declining cow/calf ratios. My goal is to get ahead of the problem in this area. This research will help us answer many questions so that we can make effective management decisions.”
Middledorf said local elk populations remain healthy; however, a major concern of his is the growing human population and demand for additional outdoor recreation in Routt County.
“Outdoor recreation is not going away, it’s a way of life, it is how we connect to the outdoors,” he said. “However, we are starting to ask ourselves what toll does all of this activity have on wildlife populations? This research will provide many answers to this and other questions.”
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