Colorado Parks Seeking Input to Manage Pronghorn Antelope in Southeast Colorado

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Published Saturday, September 1, 2018
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by Bill Vogrin

Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife about how it manages the Tobe pronghorn herd over the next 10 years.

CPW staff has spent months drafting a proposed management plan for pronghorn in the Tobe herd, which spans Game Management Units (GMUs) 130, 136, 137, 138, 143, 144 and 146 in Baca, Bent, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers Counties.

The draft plan, now available online, reflects CPW's efforts to balance the biological capabilities of the herd and its habitat with the public's demand for wildlife recreational opportunities.  

The final plan will guide CPW officials as they decide how many pronghorn should exist in each GMU. The plan will also help CPW decide the proper ratio of males to 100 females over the next decade. 

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Herd of pronghorn antelope running across the plains. Courtesy CPW

The selection of population and sex ratio objectives drive important decisions including: 

  • How many animals must be harvested to maintain or move toward the objectives. 
  • What types of hunting seasons are required to achieve the harvest objective.

For the development of the Tobe Herd Management Plan, CPW has conducted various pronghorn population surveys, a landowner survey and a hunter survey. Based on that feedback, CPW is recommending an increase in population objectives to 3,500 pronghorn, which reflects the current population level. 

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Pronghorn antelope at the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy USFWS/Tom Koerner.

To review the draft Tobe Herd Management Plan, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx

Public comments on the draft must be received by CPW by September 30. To submit a comment, instructions can be found on the website. Comments will be used to further develop the draft plan that will be presented to Colorado's Parks and Wildlife Commission.