Nighttime Deer Survey in Baca County

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Local wildlife managers are trying a new technique to estimate deer numbers on Colorado's eastern plains this year. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will be conducting a nighttime deer survey April 10, from 7 - 11 p.m.

Traditionally, wildlife managers use aircraft to count deer. But it is very difficult to get an accurate population estimate for plains deer because they tend to hide in thick cover during daylight hours, making it difficult to view them from the air.

Wildlife managers will be using spotlights and rangefinders for the nighttime survey. The survey will be conducted in Baca County, east of Highway 287. The DOW will only be conducting this survey on April 10, from 7-11 pm.

Anytime you see spotlighting, and suspect that it is poaching related, please contact your local Wildlife Officer, your local Sheriff�s Office, or call Operation Game Thief.

Unfortunately poaching does take place in southeast Colorado. In early March, a doe antelope was killed out of season, in Baca County. The animal was shot and left. In late March a young buck antelope was poached in southern Prowers County. Evidence collected at the scenes may lead wildlife officers to the culprit(s).

If you have any additional information that may aid in solving these cases, please call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648, or the Lamar Division of Wildlife office at (719) 336-6600.

Whenever poaching occurs, it's your loss, because it's your wildlife.