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Dec 10, 2013 10:00 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Wildlife officials taking aerial survey of herds


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are alerting people that they shouldn't be alarmed if they see aircraft flying over backcountry wildlife habitat over the next few months.

Researchers and biologists are conducting their big-game count from early December through late March. The aircraft will fly them over large stretches of habitat so spotters can classify big game by sex and age while others collect biological data on the ground.

Late-season hunters and outdoor recreationists are being advised that they may see low-flying helicopters or airplanes and are being urged to be patient with skittish wildlife while monitoring is under way.

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