Colorado wildlife commission not OK with Christo plan |

Colorado wildlife commission not OK with Christo plan

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALIDA, Colo. – Colorado wildlife commissioners have voted to send a letter opposing the artist Christo’s proposal to suspend nearly six miles worth of fabric over parts of a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River.

Colorado wildlife commissioners voted 9-0 Friday in favor of sending a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns over how the project in southern Colorado would affect bighorn sheep.

The letter also would say that if the federal agency issues a permit for the project, it should require Christo to adopt measures recommended by state wildlife biologists to ease potential effects on sheep. Those suggestions include installing devices to provide drinking water for displaced sheep.

Christo has said he’s committed to protecting wildlife. Opponents say work to construct Over the River would stress wildlife.

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