Colorado DOW to Hold Black Bear Mtg in Craig

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking public input to help guide management of black bear populations in the Craig, Steamboat Springs and Walden areas. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31 and will focus specifically on the areas north of Craig, north of Steamboat Springs and in all of North Park.

The Division is gathering input from landowners, livestock operators, hunters, homeowners, and recreationists to assist in formulating long-term black bear management plans similar to the plans currently being used for management of other big game species such as deer and elk.

The public meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Shadow Mountain Complex (1055 County Road 7) in Craig. The public is invited to provide input on management of bears within Division of Wildlife Game Management Units 4, 5, 6, 14, 16, 17, 161, 171, 214, and 441.

For more information on black bears in Colorado, visit our species profile page at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Mammals/BlackBear.htm.

To learn more about black bear hunting in Colorado, please see our Big Game Regulations at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/6E977561-C613-466D-BCFC-2CA9C9C91CD9/0/Ch02.pdf

If you cannot attend this meeting but would like to provide input about black bear management in the Craig, Steamboat or Walden areas, you may receive a copy of the draft management plan and provide written comments by contacting Jeff Yost, DOW biologist in Steamboat Springs at (970) 871-2843 or at jeff.yost@state.co.us.