Wildlife Division Head
Non-Member Fishing is temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 Outbreak. Tribal Members and their immediate family members may still access the rivers at the designated fishing access locations. Lake Capote is also closed to the general public at this time.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Wildlife Resource Management Division is primarily responsible for managing, protecting, and enhancing the diverse and abundant wildlife and fisheries resources of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Division staff carry out a wide variety of functions, including developing and managing Tribal hunting and fishing programs, field research on fish and wildlife populations, enhancing fish and wildlife habitats, developing Tribal wildlife conservation policies, working cooperatively with Federal and State wildlife management agencies, providing wildlife educational programs, managing the Tribe’s bison herd, and assisting with clearances and environmental assessments related to development or land-disturbing activities.
Services to Tribal Members
Hunting and Fishing Related Services
- Annual deer and elk harvest for elderly/handicapped/single female tribal members
- Permitting for hunting, fishing, non-member accompany, and guiding & outfitting activities
- Testing of harvested deer and elk for chronic wasting disease
- Certified hunter education classes (Spring and Fall) and youth fishing clinics
Bison Related Services
- Provision of bison meat, robes, rawhide, and skulls from the Tribe’s bison herd
- Annual sales of surplus live bison and hay
Other Wildlife-Related Services
- Nuisance, injured, and orphaned wildlife response
- Assistance with acquiring eagle parts from USFWS for cultural or religious purposes
- Wildlife information source (e.g., local wildlife information, Tribal and State hunting information, etc.)
The Wildlife Advisory Board works in an advisory capacity to the Tribal government on the development of wildlife regulations.
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