Although the main big game hunting seasons have ended, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s researchers and biologists are preparing for another busy time of the year. Beginning this month through late March, Wildlife employees will climb aboard aircraft and fly across large swaths of wildlife habitat in search of big game animals to classify by sex and age while others will gather biological data on the ground. Late-season hunters and outdoor recreationists are advised that they may see low-flying helicopters or airplanes and are urged to be patient while critical monitoring is conducted. In addition to a thorough inventory of thousands of animals, CPW staff will coordinate the helicopter capture and radio-collaring of a variety of big game species, including elk and mule deer. With the data collected, agency researchers and biologists will be able to track the progress of several ongoing wildlife management efforts and studies. They will also gain a clearer picture about the overall health of big game, allowing wildlife managers to form population models, management strategies and set future hunting license numbers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that although a few of the aerial operations may inconvenience some hunters today the long-term benefits, including healthy wildlife populations and productive hunts in the future, should be considered.