Mark Smith, a member of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, has scheduled a public meeting to discuss wildlife issues in southwest Colorado, March 23, 6-8 p.m., in Pagosa Springs at the Best Western Oak Ridge Lodge, 158 Hot Springs Blvd.
Smith, who represents agricultural interests on the wildlife commission, lives in the San Luis Valley and has been active in wildlife issues in Colorado for many years. The public is invited to talk about any and all issues concerning wildlife, hunting and fishing at the meeting.
At the meetings, the division will also present alternatives and license number recommendations for antlerless mule deer, elk and for black bear. The public is encouraged to attend, ask questions and state their concerns and preferences for the upcoming big game seasons.?
The Colorado Wildlife Commission is a volunteer board that sets regulations and policies for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. There are nine wildlife commissioners who represent five different districts in Colorado. They are appointed from each of the following groups: livestock producers; agricultural or produce growers; sportsmen or outfitters; wildlife organizations; and boards of county commissioners. The remaining three commissioners are appointed from the public at large.