Colorado Parks & Wildlife will move ahead with it's killing of lions and bears. 

KREX reports that the CPW will begin to eliminate some mountain lions and black bears near the Piceance Basin in Northwest Colorado. The goal is to try to increase the number of mule deer in that region. Addition by subtraction they are calling it.

CPW numbers show that the mule deer population in western Colorado is severely down. They report that mule deer numbers are currently under 450,000. The belief is that the lions and bears are responsible for the decline. The CPW has shown that these predators have been responsible for the killing of at least 25 per cent of the collard fawns that have been monitored since 2011.

The plan will take place over the next three years in May and June. 5 to 10 mountain lions and 10-20 black bears will be eliminated each year.

There has been plenty of negative response to this plan. An online petition has gotten together more than 120,000 signatures.

There will be a public meeting on this issue in the Ridgeway Community Center's Town Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday February 27.  The address is 201 North Railroad Street in Ridgeway.

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