Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the development of bear management plans for hunting units on the Grand Mesa.
During the month of May, wildlife managers will host public meetings in Grand Junction, Hotchkiss, Rifle and Collbran to provide information on bear management and seek public comment on how to maintain a healthy bear population while reducing bear conflicts. The areas up for discussion include Game Management Units, 41, 42, 421, 411, 52, 53, 63 and 521.
"Wildlife management is based on science and research, but the public's input is critical in making final determinations," said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. "We strongly urge Colorado's citizens to participate in managing their wildlife."
Bear management plans will also consider input from various land management agencies.
At the meetings, members of the public can learn about the current and historic status of black bears on the Grand Mesa, and wildlife managers will ask for input about future objectives and management strategies, including trends in population size.
Four public presentations are scheduled, all between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Grand Junction - May 7 - Northwest Region Service Center, main conference room
• Hotchkiss - May 14 - Memorial Hall
• Rifle - May 15 - Rifle Fire Department
• Collbran - May 16 - Plateau Valley School Auditorium
To find the online survey, which goes online on April 27, go to www.wildlife.state.co.us click on the "Hunting" tab, then click on "Big Game" on the left-hand menu, then scroll down and select "Herd Management Plans."