Christo opponents seek wildlife officials’ support |

Christo opponents seek wildlife officials’ support

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALIDA, Colo. – Sportsmen and conservation groups are asking the Colorado Wildlife Commission to issue a resolution opposing the artist Christo’s proposal to suspend huge sheets of fabric over parts of the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida.

About a half dozen people told state wildlife commissioners Thursday in Salida that construction of Christo’s Over the River proposal would boost traffic and noise and stress bighorn sheep and fish. They say animals might fly into cables suspending the fabric.

Christo has said he’s committed to protecting wildlife.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has recommended ways to mitigate any impacts on animals, but it’s the federal Bureau of Land Management that will decide on a permit for the project in southern Colorado.

The commission plans to discuss the project further on Friday.

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