CARBONDALE — While Colorado Parks and Wildlife is moving forward with a study in which bears and mountain lions will be killed to see if that helps the declining mule deer population, research on the subject is far from definitive, a Colorado State University professor told environmentalists last week.

In fact, George Wittemyer, a professor in the CSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, suggested that killing predators will have little effect on deer numbers. He spoke at Wilderness Workshop’s Naturalist Night.

Wittemyer said he believes that habitat treatment would be a better focus for CPW research. By habitat treatment, he means ensuring that mule deer have enough shelter and food, especially in areas where the habitat has changed dramatically due to natural gas development.

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