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CPW warns of false reports regarding COVID-19 and hunting, fishing, and recreation

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:15:40-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is warning residents to be aware of false information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on hunting, fishing, and recreation in Colorado.

The agency said Wednesday that they have received numerous calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the pandemic.

CPW wants to stress that these reports are FALSE and appear to have increased with the arrival of April Fools Day, April 1.

All effects on CPW's operations, including any change to hunting, fishing, or any recreation can be found on the agency's COVID-19 page, which is featured prominently on the CPW Homepage.

“In a time where so many things are uncertain and changeable, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is working hard to ensure Coloradans maintain the ability to find comfort in the outdoors, and continue their outdoor activities to the fullest extent possible,” said CPW director Dan Prenzlow. “It’s disappointing that people are taking advantage of the already heightened sense of disruption in our communities to spread false information.”

If you have any questions about hunting, fishing, or recreating outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit cpw.state.co.us.

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