Colorado Parks & Wildlife is hitting a new level of
absurdity. The State has a new plot to kill cougars and bears in an attempt to
boost mule deer populations so that it can sell more hunting tags. Yup, that’s
right, they want to kill native animals so that more people will pay to kill
other animals. Join us in telling our state’s wildlife managers it is past time
to put wildlife first.
Poorly disguised as two “predator control studies” aimed at
increasing sport-hunting opportunity for mule deer over the coming years, the
state is putting bears and cougars in the crosshairs. The first plan calls for
trapping and killing between 15-45 cougars and 30-75 black bears over a period
of three years. The “study” part is a post-killing analysis of the impact of
removing native predators on mule deer fawn survival rates. The science shows
that removing native carnivores from the landscape undermines ecosystem
functions. Adding insult to injury, the state plans to have the federal
government’s rogue wildlife killing program—Wildlife Services—do the dirty work
by setting cruel and indiscriminate traps and using hounds to capture the bears
and cougars before shooting them dead. So, both your state and federal public
resources would be used for the killing.
And, as if one so-called “research” project wasn’t good
enough, another is set to begin this year. This second cruel project allows for
dramatically increased trophy hunting of mountain lions over a nine-year “study”
period. Fully six years of the study involve increasing cougar harvests by 50%
to purposefully suppress the population. The “study’s” goal is to analyze the
impact of using sport-hunting to control the wildcat population and increase
deer density. Again, state sponsored killing of one native species purportedly
to benefit hunters trying to kill another.
Killing Colorado’s native carnivores to benefit sport-hunters
is just plain wrong. It’s also biologically unsound. Please join us in speaking
out for Colorado’s wildlife and thriving natural ecosystems. Help us talk some
sense into our state’s leading wildlife managers.
The State is hosting
a public listening session on September 19th from 6:30 to 8:30p at the Hunter
Education Building in Denver (6060 Broadway). Join Guardians in showing
your support for Colorado’s native carnivores by attending and sharing your
thoughts on the State’s proposed “research” plans.
Coloradans are proud of the healthy, wild
ecosystems that make the state unique. Don’t let bloodthirsty minority
interests destroy the balance for us all. Tell Colorado Parks & Wildlife
native carnivores belong in Colorado.
For the wild,
Wildlife Program Director
photo credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife