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Recreation's Impacts on Mule Deer: How "Ridiculous" Are Wildlife Managers' Concerns?

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Tom Koerner
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One of the Montezuma County commissioners has called Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s concerns that the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde could impact mule deer populations “ridiculous.” But how ridiculous are those claims? Colorado Parks and Wildlife was not able to comment at this time, but KSJD reached out to another expert. Professor George Wittemyer studies mule deer the department of fish, wildlife and conservation biology at Colorado State University. He talked with KSJD's Austin Cope.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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