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Parks and Wildlife to survey animal populations

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Biologists will start low-altitude helicopter flights to count animal populations in December. Biologists will start low-altitude helicopter flights to count animal populations in December.
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Starting on Saturday Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists will assess deer and elk populations in southeastern Colorado by taking low-altitude helicopter flights.

The flights will be west of I-25 and will target El Paso and Teller counties first, followed by Park and Fremont counties. They will then head north of U.S. Highway 50, into Lake and Chaffee counties, south to Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

The low-flying helicopters will spend a short amount of time in specific areas and before moving on. They will be searching for deer, elk and bighorn sheep. In addition to the western flights, starting on December 15th, biologists will launch similar flights in the southeastern plains along the South Republican River drainage from Flagler to the Kansas state line.

Included in the eastern tour will be Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers and Baca counties. The tours will finish up with flights along the Arkansas River from the Kansas state line to Colorado Highway 71 and southwest along the Purgatoire River.

Biologists want to finish the tour of the east by Christmas, weather permitting. The west tour could take until early January.

Check out more from Parks and Wildlife here.  

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