Boulder-area residents protest deer hunting |

Boulder-area residents protest deer hunting

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. – People who live in the foothills west of Boulder want state wildlife officials to ban hunting in the area.

Boulder County bans firing weapons in the Sugarloaf area but the Colorado Division of Wildlife allows people to hunt deer there. The high-powered rifle hunting season started Saturday.

Area residents petitioned the state in 2005, but no ban was approved. A lawsuit filed in 2006 challenging hunting is still in court.

State wildlife officials say can’t exclude one small part from the surrounding areas where hunting is allowed. They believe it’s safe to allow hunting despite concerns that there are too many homes.

Residents say hunters shoot from the road with little regard for houses, children or pets and leave deer remains on the ground.

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