The plan also ignores major factors affecting wildlife of all kinds, predator and prey, like habitat depletion because of gas drilling and development and road construction.
"The large-scale factors influencing mule deer and causing declines are not native predators," David Steen, assistant research professor at Auburn University Museum of Natural History, told The Dodo. "If Colorado wants to maintain a large population of mule deer, I would encourage a holistic view of how native species persist in the wild, recognizing the important ecological role of predators, and focusing time and money on the primary factors contributing to wildlife population declines, i.e., our use of the landscape."
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission did not immediately reply to The Dodo's request for comment.
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