DOW commission set to meet in Craig

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What: Colorado Division of Wildlife commission meeting

Where: Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday

— The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit http://wildlife.s...

Randy Hampton, a Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman, said it is important for residents to attend Thursday’s Colorado Wildlife Commission meeting in Craig.

“The wildlife commission doesn’t want to be a manage-from-Denver kind of commission, and that is the reason that they move these meetings around the state,” he said. “It gives people in outlying areas, especially in areas that are affected by wildlife management, an opportunity to participate and understand how that wildlife management takes place.”

The meeting, which the wildlife commission hosts monthly in different locations, will focus on a wide variety of topics, according to a news release.

The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission will be addressing the five-year review of fishing regulations in Colorado, hunting licenses for members of the Wounded Warrior Program, and a cooperative agreement with the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, among others.

Hampton said the meeting is also an opportunity for residents to see the process by which the commission makes decisions.

“They get the full information, and they see all of the sides of the discussion that are presented to the wildlife commission as the wildlife commission goes about its deliberations,” Hampton said. “It gives people a better understanding of what all is involved with some of these decisions.”

Residents will also have an opportunity to talk to wildlife commissioners individually about issues that may be affecting them or a particular area, Hampton said.

The five-year review of fishing regulations is designed to include local input. The review process started in March and examines all regulations in the state, DOW spokesman Jerry Neal said in an email.

The review will continue through November, when the wildlife commission adopts the final regulations at its meeting in Yuma, Neal said.

Draft regulations were gathered from several angler roundtables the last few months. Those draft regulations will be presented to the commission at about 10:05 a.m. Thursday, according to the meeting’s schedule.

“The DOW continues to seek input and feedback from anglers,” Neal said in his email. “Members of the public still have time to participate in this regulatory process, and may speak before the wildlife commission at this month’s meeting if they have comments regarding Colorado’s fishing regulations.”

A public comment period will be available to residents at 2:05 p.m. Public presentations are limited to three minutes, Neal said.

The commission will also finalize regulations and big-game license allocations for the Wounded Warrior Program, according to the release. Pursuant to Colorado Senate Bill 10-211, the Wounded Warrior Program provides free deer, elk and pronghorn licenses to members of the military who have sustained severe combat-related injuries while serving.

DOW staff will also discuss the Troublesome and Williams Fork elk management plans in Grand and Summit counties starting at about 1:30 p.m. Staff members will address herd health, sex ratio objectives, habitat and other issues in game management units 18, 181, 28, 37 and 371, according to the release.

Residents who are unable to attend the commission meeting can listen to the proceedings through a link on the DOW’s website. To access the live audio feed, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/wildlifecommission.

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