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May 18, 2017

Boulder County accepting written public comment on revised Elk Management Plan

Revised plan will be presented to POSAC on Thurs., May 25.

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space has posted the revised Rabbit Mountain Elk & Vegetation Management Plan and a form accepting written public comment in preparation for a presentation to the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) on Thursday, May 25. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the estimated time for this item is 7:30 p.m.

Because extensive public comments were received at the April 26 POSAC meeting, public testimony will not be accepted at the May 25 meeting. Written comments should be submitted on the Rabbit Mountain Elk & Vegetation Management Plan web page by May 25 at 3 p.m.

Staff has revised the plan to include updated text and several appendices with more information as requested at the April 26 POSAC meeting. Some of the changes in the plan include:

  • A broader explanation of fertility control (page 11), with FAQs and reference material (Appendix A, page 19)
  • A proposal to use hazing in conjunction with hunting and after the hunting season (page 14)
  • Modification of hunting period, beginning after Labor Day, with locations to include Indian Mountain and Cushman open space throughout the week (page 16)
  • Summary of initial public input and opinion (page 17)
  • A review of culling verses hunting, including why Rocky Mountain National Park used it, costs, and differences between culling and hunting (Appendix B, page 22)
  • Fencing alternatives and costs both on Rabbit Mountain for vegetation protection and on adjacent properties for crop and property damage (Appendix C, page 24)

To review the revised draft plan and submit public comment, please go to For more information, contact Therese Glowacki, Resource Management Division Manager, at, or 303-678-6206.