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Opening On The EV
Monday, September 24 is the deadline to
apply for an opening on the Estes Valley
Planning Commission. An application
online is available at
Estes Valley Planning Commission -
This is a joint planning commission between
Larimer County and the Town of
Estes Park and is made up of Estes Valley
and Town of Estes Park residents. The
Commission advises the Town Board and
Board of County Commissioners on land
use matters and applications for the area.
The Town of Estes Park and Larimer
County separately appoint citizens to the
Commission. This appointment is a
County appointment. All County appointees
need to be eighteen years old
and residents of the unincorporated portion
of the Estes Planning Area for at least
one year prior to their appointment. All
members shall continue to be residents of
their respective areas during their entire
term. To make sure you live in the unincorporated
portion of the Estes Valley
Development Code area, please go to:
click on Estes Valley Development Code
In addition to the online application,
Larimer County's Boards and Commissions
web site, www.larimer.org/boards,
features video information, membership
and more. For further information contact
Diane Tokarz, Commissioners' Office,
Elk Viewing Is Best From A Safe Distance
By: Kate Rusch Public Information Officer
Each September and October, thousands
of visitors are drawn to Estes Park
to watch herds of elk gather in the valley
for their mating season, or "rut." With
this popular activity comes the responsibility
for everyone to be safe and respect
these majestic animals. During the rut,
the male "bull" elk are irritable, aggressive
and extremely dangerous to onlookers
who get too close.
"Every day our dispatch center receives
numerous calls for police officers to respond
to elk issues around Town, and
the vast majority of issues are caused by
people," commented Estes Park Police
Chief Wes Kufeld. He explained that the
most common reports to dispatch are
people getting too close to the elk and
"elk jams," caused when drivers park
their vehicles in the way of traffic in order
to watch the elk. Kufeld continued,
"Safety should be first on the minds of
elk-viewers, so they can have a great experience."
The Police Department provides the
following tips to visitors for safe elk
* Elk are wild animals which must be
observed from a safe distance to avoid
injury or death. If an animal is carefully
watching you and appears "jumpy"
when you move, you are too close.
* Keep pets secured on a leash and do
not allow them to bark at, lunge at, or
* Never block traffic. Move your vehicle
to a safe place completely off the
roadway to watch elk.
* Do not imitate an elk call, or bugle,
when elk are irritable during the rut.
This can endanger you and the elk.
* Elk know no boundaries, but people
do. Respect private property when
The Estes Park Police Department
does enforce wildlife laws including
laws against feeding or harassing
wildlife, or allowing one's pet to harass
wildlife. For more information, please
contact the Town of Estes Park Public
Information Office at 970-577-3701.
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