Colorado Parks and Wildlife say a fee increase is necessary, sportsmen have been supportive
The Denver Post
A sampling of resident elk license fees in Western states:
Colorado: $59 for cow elk, includes $10 habitat stamp
Idaho: $64.25, includes cow elk license and tag
Wyoming: $43 for cow elk
New Mexico: $60 for cow elk
Montana: $29 for license, permit
Colorado Parks and Wildlife bosses are downplaying the doomsday scenario advanced this summer by wildlife officials portending closures and limited services unless the cost of in-state hunting and fishing licenses is doubled.
They now say a fee increase is necessary, but how much will be up to lawmakers and the state’s hunters and anglers.
“Although it made for compelling media headlines and certainly grabbed the public’s attention, our intention was never to propose a doubling of fees — only that this was one option as part of a much broader public discussion regarding CPW’s financial sustainability issues,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jerry Neal said Monday.
Over the summer, wildlife officials held 18 “Funding the Future” meetings across Colorado, during which wildlife managers sketched a dark horizon.
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