Colorado's mule deer population is well below the number desired by state wildlife officials, and a summit convened Saturday will examine strategies to change that.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that Colorado's post-hunt deer population was estimated to be 408,000 two years ago. That's well below the population objective range of 525,000 to 575,000.
On the Western Slope, the estimated population was just over 300,000, or more than 100,000 short of the objective. Population declines also have been experienced in the White River National Forest.
Colorado Public Radio reports that a draft of a new Western Slope Mule Deer Strategy would be released at the meeting.