Colorado Wildlife Issues Discussion in Denver April 24

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Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to a meeting at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Denver on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss current issues facing wildlife managers in the northeastern region of the state.

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife is moving forward as a merged agency and we would like to hear from the public about what's on their minds," said Steve Yamashita, northeast region manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "We are hoping that people in our region who are concerned about wildlife will share with us some of their concerns and hopes for wildlife management in 2012."

The discussion will focus on several issues currently facing the newly merged agency, as well as other issues brought up by attendees.

The meeting will include time for discussion of changes to the landowner voucher program, which as required by state statute provides hunting licenses for private landowners.  Last year, a committee of sportsmen, landowners and outfitters identified several reforms to address issues that have been raised with the voucher program.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables will attend the meeting to discuss the importance of private land for wildlife habitat and the need to make improvements to the voucher program.

A brief discussion will also focus on the potential for new organized shooting range opportunities for the region, including the forthcoming South Park Shooting Range in Como and a proposed range on U.S. Forest Service land at the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives will also provide a review of 2011 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program land conservation efforts and will update constituents on the positive role that Habitat Stamp funds have played for Colorado's wildlife.

Members of the public with specific questions will also get answers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials, wildlife managers and terrestrial and aquatic biologists.

WHO:                   Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts

WHAT:                Northeast region wildlife issues meeting

WHEN:                Tues., April 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:             Hunter Education Building, Colorado Parks and Wildlife , 6060 Broadway, Denver

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