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The Bears Ears Elk Herd in Colorado

Hunters looking to pick a spot to hunt general season elk in Colorado may want to consider the Bears Ears herd. The area has long been considered to be over population objectives, and a recent study has additional quantitative support to that. After adopting some more thorough methods for estimating the herd population, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has revised the Bears Ears herd population to 23,000 to 45,000 elk — a 2-3x increase over the previous estimate of 11,000 to 15,000 animals.

A local newspaper provided coverage of the Division's discussion with local landowners concerned about the burgeoning size of the elk herd.

The Bears Ears herd inhabits Game Management Units 3, 4, 14, and 214. The bull/cow ratio is about 30 bulls per 100 cows. The majority of these will be spikes, however.