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WILDLIFE COMMISSION TO MEET IN LAMAR


The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet September 8-9 at the Elks Lodge, 28157 U.S. Highway 287 in Lamar. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 8. There will be an evening recess at 5 p.m. and the meeting will resume at 8 a.m. Friday.

One item up for final adoption are the regulations necessary to implement House Bill 05-1266, including the creation of a newly created Habitat Stamp required to access state wildlife areas beginning in 2006.

The Commission will also discuss final adoption of new fishing regulations to cover the next five years. All Colorado fishing regulations are up for renewal, including consideration of seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, licensing requirements, manner of take provisions, special conditions or restrictions applicable to waters of the state, and revision of the definitions of artificial flies and lures and bait.

Commissioners will also hear testimony and vote on issues surrounding the Ranching for Wildlife Program including license numbers, allocation, review procedures and eligibility requirements.

The wildlife commission is scheduled to take a final vote on Wildlife Parks regulations concerning a new license classification covering Colorado wildlife sanctuaries, and a proposal clarifying restrictions on the possession of primates by private citizens.

A citizen petition to close of portions of Sugarloaf Mountain in Boulder County will be considered by the Commission. Members will also vote on regulations to prohibit turkey hunting on Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.

Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) staff will present a draft proposal on big game hunting license allocation recommendations. This represents the culmination of a process that began in April with the formation of The Big Game License Allocation Working Group.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an eleven-member board appointed by the governor. The commission sets DOW regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, and nongame, threatened and endangered species. Commissioners also oversee DOW land purchases and property regulations.

For more information about the Colorado Wildlife commission and how citizens can participate in decisions effecting Colorado wildlife go to http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/index.asp

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For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.
---Press Release Colorado DOW - http://wildlife.state.co.us.
 
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