CPW to host discussion in Steamboat
Hunters, anglers or anyone who wants to learn more about the financial challenges facing the state’s wildlife management agency is invited to attend a discussion with Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at CPW’s Steamboat Springs office, 925 Weiss Drive, according to a news release from CPW.
CPW anticipates budget shortfalls which could be offset by increasing resident license fees. The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before.
Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut $40 million from its operating budget. Wildlife managers caution that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.
“Colorado’s wildlife faces more pressure now than ever before, including a growing human population, increasingly fragmented habitat and less young people involved in hunting,” said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde in the news release. “We have already undergone significant belt-tightening, and now, we need to find effective ways to increase revenue. We need to have this important discussion with hunters and anglers.”
Unlike other state agencies, CPW does not receive general fund revenue. Currently, a limited elk license for resident adults costs $46. Resident youths pay $10.75 for limited deer, elk and pronghorn licenses. Limited deer license and pronghorn licenses are $31 for resident adults.
“Colorado is clearly one of the premier big game hunting areas in the country, and that is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the state’s wildlife managers,” Velarde said in the release. “When you compare our resident license fees to states that do not provide the same quality experience found here, the need for an increase becomes very evident. We are prepared to make the case.”
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