Deadline nearing for limited licenses

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding hunters that applications for limited licenses for the 2001 deer, elk and antelope hunting seasons must be postmarked by April 3.

All deer and rifle antelope licenses and some bull and cow elk licenses in specific game-management units are limited this year. These limited licenses are issued following the April application process and a computer drawing of successful applicants. As in past years, regular rifle bull elk licenses for most game-management units in the state are available for sale over the counter prior to the start of the state's hunting seasons.

The 2001 Colorado Season Hunting Information brochures, which include information on both regular and limited hunting licenses and seasons and applications for all species, are available from DOW offices and licenses agencies, which include most sporting goods stores, throughout the state.

State Senate gives DOW new status

The Colorado Senate approved enterprise status for the Colorado Division of Wildlife Tuesday, allowing the agency to be excluded from spending and revenue restrictions under the TABOR Amendment to the state Constitution. House Bill 1012 had previously been approved by the Colorado House of Representatives and now goes to Gov. Bill Owens, who is expected to sign it into law.

The enterprise status will allow the agency's Wildlife Cash Fund to grow outside the restrictions established when TABOR was approved in 1992.

The agency receives no state general fund money and instead relies on license fees, federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and lottery money through Great Outdoors Colorado.

Three wolves die in Denali National Park

Three wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve died this month after being darted for collaring, and the park has suspended its wolf collaring program until an investigation is completed.

The decision was announced Friday by the park's acting superintendent, Ralph Tingey.

''We thought before we do anything else, we wouldn't have any more wolf darting or collaring,'' Tingey said in an interview.

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