Colorado

Aug 6, 2014 7:17 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Pitkin elk population prompts hunting expansion

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Sky Mountain Park near Snowmass Village will have elk hunting this fall for the first time.

The Aspen Times reports that hunting will be allowed to thin the elk population that uses the open space as both winter habitat and a migration corridor.

The hunting will take place on about 1,200 acres on public land that stretches between Snowmass Village and Highway 82.

The plan allows up to five hunters on the property; they will be chosen through a lottery.

The chosen hunters will be allowed to hunt for a cow elk Nov. 12-16.

The open space will not be closed to other uses during the hunt, but signs notifying the public will be posted at all of the trail access points into the area.

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