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Third Round of Public Meetings Announcedfor Platte Valley Mule Deer Initiative

1/30/2012

SARATOGA - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be holding its third series of public meetings during the third full week of February to discuss strategies for managing the Platte Valley mule deer herd in upcoming years.

These meetings are designed to gather public input to develop a new management plan for the Platte Valley herd. The Platte Valley herd encompasses Hunt areas 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, and 161.

The first two series of meetings focused on the issues contributing to the decline of the mule deer population in the Platte Valley hunt areas and possible improvements that could be made to help the herd in coming years. At the third series of meetings a draft management plan for the Platte Valley herd will be presented and the public will be asked for their input on the plan.

More than 150 were in attendance at the second series of meetings, an increase of nearly 30 people from the previous meetings. The Game and Fish is counting on a good turnout at these next meetings, both from individuals who were not able to make the first two meetings, as well as those who previously were in attendance. Hunters, landowners, and anyone interested in the management of the Platte Valley Mule Deer Herd are invited to attend.

"Wildlife managers have been working hard to incorporate public input from the first two meetings into a managementplan that will hopefully have a positive effect on the Platte Valley Herd in coming years," said wildlife management coordinator Terry Creekmore. "We look forward to sharing the draft plan with the public at these next meetings and receiving their comments."

The Platte Valley mule deer herd is one of the focus herds under the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative. This herd unit has been selected for special attention as part of the Game and Fish effort to address declining mule deer numbers throughout the state. Over the past number of years, the Platte Valley Deer Herd has been a source of concern forwildlife managers and the public alike.

Meetings will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the following locations:

Feb. 21 Saratoga,
Platte Valley Community Center, 210 W. Elm St.

Feb. 22 Rawlins,
Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 E. Pine St.

Feb. 23 Laramie,
UW Business Bldg. Rm. 129; corner of Ivinson and 15th Street

Feb. 24 Cheyenne,
WGFD Headquarters, 5400 Bishop Blvd.

The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone requiring auxiliary aids, regarding this Public Notice, should contact the Laramie Game and Fish Office at 307-745-4046. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)

-WGFD-

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