CPW Commission to meet in Durango

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What: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting

When: Thursday and Friday

Where: The Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. in Durango

— Commissioners will receive an update on research involving black bears and cutthroat trout.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will receive an update on research involving black bears and cutthroat trout when the Commission meets in Durango Thursday and Friday, the agency reported in a news release.

The meeting will be held at The Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. in Durango. The Commission agenda begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when agenda includes general updates on agency strategic priorities and a financial update, according to the release.

Thursday briefings from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff will include an overview of ungulate population management plans. Commissioners will also receive a briefing on black bear research taking place in the Durango area, the release stated.

Lead researcher Heather Johnson will provide an update on her work studying factors driving human-bear conflict and testing management strategies to reduce them. Jeff Ver Steeg, Assistant Director for Research, Policy and Planning, will provide Commissioners with an update on cutthroat trout genetic work recently published by teams from the University of Colorado, according to the release.

Thursday afternoon Commissioners will receive a tour of Lake Nighthorse and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional office in Durango, the release stated.

Friday's short agenda will begin at 8:30 a.m. with updates from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional managers. The Commission will then consider an executive session for discussion of pending litigation and real estate negotiations, according to the release.

The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado's state parks and wildlife programs. To view the complete agenda for the October Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, please see the Commission web page: http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Commission/2012/Oct/Agenda.pdf

Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online. To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the "listen to live audio" link at the bottom of the commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.

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