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Cost of Hunting and Fishing Licenses Could Double in Colorado


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering doubling the cost of in-state fishing and hunting licenses to help deal with what it calls “substantial budget shortfalls.”

The agency, which does not receive tax revenues, has cut more than 50 positions and $40 million from its wildlife-management budgets in recent years but estimates it could see an annual shortfall of 20 percent by 2023. Agency officials have held a series of informational public meetings around the state this summer to talk about the situation. The Denver Post reports that CPW last raised fees for in-state hunting and fishing licenses in 2005.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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