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Bighorn meeting cancelled

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

CREEDE — A public meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 27 in Creede to discuss bighorn sheep management has been cancelled because of the forest fires in Southern Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced.

Anyone interested in the management planning for the herd and location area known as RBS-22 in the central San Juan Mountains can read the management plan on the Parks and Wildlife website and take a survey that pertains to this bighorn herd. RBS-22 encompasses portions of Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties and includes bighorn sheep Game Management Unit’s S-22 San Luis Peak, S-36 Bellows Creek, S-52 Rock Creek, and S-53 Bristol Head.

The draft management plan can be viewed on the Parks and Wildlife website at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/HerdManagementDAUPlans/Pages/HerdManagementDAUPlans.aspx.

The survey can be found at https://www.research.net/s/RBS22DAUplan.

Those who would like a hard copy, please call 970-641-7071, leave a name and address and a survey will be mailed out. Deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, July 9. Written comments can also be sent to: Brandon Diamond, at 300 West New York Ave. Gunnison 81230.

The management plan summarizes and discusses key management issues including: historic distribution, current status, population objectives, habitat, hunting, overlap with domestic sheep allotments and recreation. Draft management plans typically contain three management alternatives: keep the population stable at present size, decrease the population, or increase the population. The purpose of this plan is to provide management guidance in RBS-22, and promote the long-term conservation of this sheep population.

Comments are sought from hunters, stockmen, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, land management agencies, non-governmental agencies and the general public.

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