CPW proposes killing cougars, bears to boost mule deer population

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to boost mule deer numbers in the state.

To do so, it's proposing killing off some cougars and black bears that prey on the deer.

CPW says predators are the leading known cause of death for does and fawns.

A study proposal would involve reducing cougar and bear numbers in a region in Northwestern Colorado.

CPW says it would trap and shoot predators while studying fawn numbers to see if they go up.

Up to 10 cougars and 15 bears could be killed annually.

CPW heard mixed feedback tonight at a public meeting in Denver on Monday.

Opponents from the Humane Society who spoke tonight -- say these types of studies are inhumane.

They cite habitat loss and inadequate food sources as leading factors for drops in mule deer numbers.

CPW will release a revised proposal in December.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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