Hunting, fishing licenses now just a click away

DENVER Buying a hunting or fishing license will soon be as easy as sending an e-mail thanks to a new electronic licensing system being introduced by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, set to be fully operational by the end of 2002.

Under the new plan, agents will no longer issue paper licenses. Instead, licenses will be sold electronically through point-of-sale terminals, the Internet and by telephone.

The DOW will provide about 900 point-of-sale terminals to agents statewide. Agents will be able to sell licenses directly through the terminals, omitting the paper process and simplifying accounting procedures.

Buyers will no longer have to wait in long lines or fill out lengthy forms. And, unlike with paper forms, electronic licenses never run out a problem often faced at busy outlets.

In addition to the point-of-sale transactions, buyers also will be able to purchase licenses directly through the DOW’s Web site or by telephone through a licensing call center.

Call a local DOW office for more details.

CDA: 2nd elk tests positive for chronic wasting disease

COWDERY Officials at the Colorado Department of Agriculture received information last week that tests on a second elk in Cowdery came out positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Trophy Mountain Elk Ranch in Cowdery is one of seven elk ranches quarantined as a result of chronic wasting disease. Last month, one bull elk from the hunting park tested positive for CWD, and both animals have been traced back to the same facility in Stoneham.

About 1,300 elk from ranches are under quarantine at facilities in Cowdery, Del Norte, Longmont, Sterling and Stoneham.

State and federal appraisers are in the process of assessing each animal, so the owners can receive a reasonable compensation. This appraisal process is near completion.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose bodily functions and die. There is no evidence that the disease is a risk to human health.

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