The Colorado Wildlife Commission has decided to help deer in the Gunnison Basin.
The Colorado Wildlife Commission has authorized funds to feed wildlife in the Gunnison Basin because of the extreme weather.
Wildlife biologists worry that frigid temperatures and deep snow are making it tough for deer and other big game to find food and they want to prevent widespread deaths among the herds in western Colorado.
Wildlife commissioners voted Thursday to spend $160,000 in discretionary funds to start the emergency feeding. Division of Wildlife director Tom Remington said the total cost could run from $500,000 to nearly $1 million.
The state plans to bring in tons of specially formulated feed for the roughly 21,000 mule deer in the Gunnison area. The feed is a wafer composed of wheat and other grains, dehydrated alfalfa and cottonseed meal.