- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says parts of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in southern Colorado could be open to hunting for the first time to help manage elk, other big game and migratory game birds.

The agency said Wednesday it’s seeking public comment on the plan for the 145-square-mile preserve north of Alamosa.

The agency is also proposing expanded big game and migratory game bird hunting on the 17-square-mile Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the 23-square-mile Monte Vista refuge, which are also near Alamosa.

Some hunting is already allowed on those two refuges as well as about 330 others nationwide. Fishing is permitted on 275 refuges.

The public can comment on the proposal starting later this week at https://www.regulations.gov/ . The comment period ends Aug. 15.

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