GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved lowering the number of licenses available for hunting mule deer, elk and pronghorn.

Colorado plans to issue roughly 140,000 limited elk licenses, 80,000 limited deer licenses and 24,000 pronghorn licenses this fall.

The number of mule deer licenses is down 5.8 percent from 2011, and the number of elk licenses is down 2.2 percent. Wildlife officials say that’s because mule deer populations have been declining, and elk herds are reaching targeted population numbers.

Wildlife officials say the number of licenses for hunting black bears will rise now that biologists have determined the statewide black bear population is larger than previously thought. New estimates say 16,000 to 18,000 black bears live in Colorado.

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  1. Carl says:

    Do your research and don’t just parrot the “Wildlife Officials.” Mule Deer – and elk – have been decimated for over a decade because Colorado Department of Wildlife decided to make hunting profitable for landowners and cater to “trophy” hunters. Healthy herds used to be maintained at 5:1 female to male population. Now many areas are 1:1. Success rates for deer hunters used to be 50%. Now the only places seeing that success rate are on private property where hunts typically last 3 months. Colorado Parks and Wildlife have destroyed hunting in Colorado and now they want to double license fees to recoup money lost to declining participation by citizen hunters. In some areas 80% – 90% of the male licenses are GIVEN to landowners who then sell them to trophy hunters for $6,000 – $10,000 each.

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