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DOW to feed deer in Eagle Valley

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
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EAGLE, Colo. ” The Colorado Wildlife Commission announced Friday it has authorized wildlife managers in upper Eagle Valley to feed deer that are struggling to forage in deep snow, and wildlife officials are keeping an eye on big game in the Roaring Fork Valley.

A limited feeding operation in Eagle Valley will cost more than $120,000, and require extensive manpower, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), which is seeking both volunteers and donations to assist in the effort.

Specific public-land feeding sites in the Eagle area have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, according to wildlife officials. Privately owned sites have been coordinated with landowners.



Eagle-area residents interested in volunteering to help should contact volunteer coordinator Linda Edwards via e-mail at linda.edwards@state.co.us.

In addition, the DOW is accepting financial contributions for the effort through its website, http://wildlife.state.co.us.




Donations also are being sought from corporate interests or individuals who can provide trucking services or fuel to haul feed to the Eagle area. Trucking services and corporate donations are being coordinated through DOW marketing director Debbie Lininger at (303) 291-7160.

Meanwhile, in northwest Colorado, wildlife managers in and around the Steamboat Springs, Craig and Maybell areas are working with landowners to alleviate increasing damage to haystacks and feed lots caused by hungry elk. Operations to bait some large herds of elk away from ranching operations have begun.

In some cases, the DOW is paying landowners for agricultural losses that result from big-game animals. Landowners also can qualify for DOW-provided materials that can help protect haystacks and crops from game damage. And, wildlife managers can help landowners with information about feeding methods and locations that may help reduce losses to wildlife.

The DOW is continuing to monitor big game in other areas of the state hard hit by winter snows. Wildlife managers and biologists are conducting almost daily assessments of wildlife and weather conditions in the Roaring Fork Valley, Middle Park and south of Rifle, according to the DOW.

The division launched a full-scale feeding operation aimed at mule deer and pronghorn in the Gunnison Basin in mid-January because 4 feet of snow covered the animals’ natural food sources.


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