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New executive order helps Colorado big game

Colorado wildlife conservation projects

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Last week, Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order that provides funding and support for Colorado big game conservation projects for many years to come. The order, which focuses specifically on winter range and migration corridors, calls for collaboration between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation. The executive order directs the three agencies “to collaborate on migration patterns, regulatory and legislative opportunities for habitat conservation” and “safe wildlife passages that reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions,” Sky-Hi News reports. It will also require public education and outreach opportunities to teach the public about the importance of migration areas.

“Colorado’s natural beauty and wildlife are part of why so many people love our great state,” said Polis. “This is a step toward better understanding and protecting the migratory patterns of Colorado’s wildlife populations and ensuring we can preserve our treasured animals and their habitats.”

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According to NBC News 9, over the past 11 years, more than 650 wildlife-vehicle collisions occurred on Highway 9 south of Kremmling through the Blue River Valley. To rectify this high rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions, the state completed a wildlife passage project in 2016 that created “two wildlife overpass structures, five wildlife underpasses, 10.4 miles of eight-foot-high wildlife exclusion fencing, 61 wildlife escape ramps, and 29 wildlife guards.” The new executive order will support projects like this that are aimed at guaranteeing safety for Colorado’s big game populations through initiatives aimed at winter range and migration passage. 

“Migration corridors are essential for healthy herds and wildlife habitat,” said Don Holmstrom, co-chair of the Colorado Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “Since 2001, Colorado has lost more than half a million acres of habitat due to development and our growing population. Governor Polis’ executive order has given sportsmen and women a valuable tool to protect migration corridors, and BHA thanks the governor for his leadership on this issue.”

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Eddie K. - posted 2 weeks ago on 09-03-2019 07:53:15 am
Colorado
goHUNT INSIDER

@ Ryan M. I don't think that cool guy carried one ounce of moose meat down the hill! Hopefully he can take some sweet elk pics in a few days...

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Ryan M. - posted 2 weeks ago on 09-03-2019 05:55:07 am
Littleton, Colorado
goHUNT INSIDER

Thanks, @Eddie K. Some really cool guy took it for me. And then helped pack the moose out.

Eddie K. - posted 2 weeks ago on 09-01-2019 04:14:50 pm
Colorado
goHUNT INSIDER

@Ryan M. Sweet moose pic! :)

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Ryan M. - posted 3 weeks ago on 08-27-2019 11:26:37 am
Littleton, Colorado
goHUNT INSIDER

Gary H., the funding will come from hunters and anglers. CPW supports migration corridor conservation through the use of hunting and fishing license fees. Funds also come from Great Outdoors Colorado, which is funded through lottery ticket sales.

Gary H. - posted 3 weeks ago on 08-27-2019 09:27:02 am
goHUNT INSIDER

This is good to hear!

Does anyone know how these will be funded yet?