Colockum Elk Plan to be Reviewed

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Public review of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Draft Colockum Elk Herd Management Plan is scheduled at evening meetings Feb. 7 in Wenatchee and Feb. 9 in Ellensburg.

The Wenatchee meeting on Tuesday is at the Chelan Public Utility District (PUD) Auditorium, 327 N. Wenatchee Ave. The Ellensburg meeting on Thursday is at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 201 N. Ruby St. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Colockum elk herd, which ranges in Chelan and Kittitas counties, is the fifth largest herd and provides a wide variety of recreational hunting and viewing opportunities.

The draft management plan addresses a broad range of issues related to the herd, including population objectives, habitat needs, harvest strategies and agricultural damage. Similar management plans have been either completed, or are being developed, for all 10 elk herds in Washington state.

The Draft Colockum Elk Herd Management Plan can be found on WDFW’s website.

The public comment period on the draft management plan, which began in December, will continue through March 3, 2006. Comments can be mailed to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Colockum Elk Herd Plan, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501, or sent via e-mailed to [email protected].

Call WDFW’s Yakima Regional Office at (509) 575-2740 for further questions about the public meetings.