The South Park pronghorn herd (PH-30) has the distinction as being the highest elevation herd within the state of Colorado. This herd is likely at the extent of the pronghorn's habitat range, occupying a high elevation (9,000-10,000 feet) grassland steppe ecosystem. It is a relatively small herd that has maintained around 1,000 animals in recent years, but has seen numbers as low as 300 in the early 1970s. This herd experiences periodic low recruitment rates and it is not uncommon to see pre-hunt fawn:doe ratios fall below 20: 100. Game damage issues in the past kept harvest high and the overall population well below 1,000 in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Extended periods of drought and severe winters appear to be limiting factors for this herd more recently.
Game damage has been a concern historically, but there have been few complaints in recent years. Based on public input gathered through meetings and a survey, the public is generally satisfied with current management although there is a desire for a slight increase in population and a buck to doe ratio above 25:100.
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