|Parks and Wildlife landowner preference program changes|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is in the process of modernizing and streamlining the program that provides private landowners with a limited number of hunting licenses for the areas where they own property.
With the support of a stakeholder committee that traveled the state for two years to hear from hunters, landowners, agricultural groups and others, the complex, legislatively mandated landowner preference program underwent changes last year as part of Senate Bill 13-188.
Private lands in Colorado play a critical role in keeping wildlife populations healthy and abundant. In fact, about 95 percent of the critical winter range for mule deer in the state is in private ownership.
Many years ago, the Colorado General Assembly recognized that private landowners, especially those who own agricultural lands, maintain habitat and provide forage during winter months for large herds of deer, elk and pronghorn. The legislature worked with wildlife managers and landowners to develop the landowner preference program.
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