Gunnison Elk Management Plan Complete
The elk management plan for Data Analysis Unit E25, which consists of Game Management Units 66 and 67, has been completed and the document is now available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife web site.
The plan was developed after more than a year of work by CPW biologists, various surveys to gather public input, and two public meetings attended by more than 100 people in Lake City and Gunnison. It was approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission in March.
The plan document provides an executive summary, historical information on the elk population and harvest, hunter desires found through surveys, discussions on elk management concerns, and a summary of the data supporting the final selected alternative.
“Hunters and other stakeholders provided invaluable input in the development of this plan,” said J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison. “We moved the plan forward only after we received their input and matched that with solid biological information.”
The selected alternative of the plan calls for gradually increasing the total population of DAU E25 by 18 percent to a range of 6,000-7,000 elk.