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Organizations unite against CO wolf reintroduction initiative

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Those opposed to the push to reintroduce wolves to Colorado just got more supporters. The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), a 20,000-member organization, recently joined the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition campaign, which is an organized effort against putting Initiative 107 on the 2020 ballot, Colorado Politics reports.

“Colorado embraces the economic and cultural value of livestock ranching, and the forced introduction of wolves will create too many headaches with no real way to resolve things should they get out of hand," said RMFU president Dr. Dale McCall in a statement.

"What may appear to be a good idea seems burdened with unanswered questions and unintended consequences. We can’t afford to get this wrong.” 

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As goHUNT has previously reported, a ballot proposal was submitted to Colorado’s state title board in April by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund in an effort to allow voters to decide whether wolves should return to the state. Their goal is to have the initiative approved for the state ballot for 2020. Historically, wolf restoration efforts follow federal protocol with state wildlife managers going through the required steps outlined by the Endangered Species Act. Using voters to determine wildlife management is a new strategy. The proposed measure recently received support from Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur, social media influencer and New York Times best-selling author, who offered a $100,000 matching challenge to listeners of his podcast for the Colorado wolf restoration initiative.

In order to qualify for the November 2020 ballot, supporters of the initiative must turn in the signatures of 124,632 registered Colorado voters by Dec. 13, according to Colorado Politics. To read the full text of the proposed ballot measure, click HERE.

“We are thankful to have Rocky Mountain Farmers Union join our growing coalition as we mobilize more and more Coloradans who understand the real danger and inevitable disaster that forced the introduction of wolves will bring to our state,” said Denny Behrens, co-chair of the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition.


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Bendrix B. - posted 4 months ago on 10-11-2019 04:58:00 pm
Rochester, MA

It’s nice to see that Tim Ferris, one of the most apt bullshitters of my generation is in favor of wolf introduction. Makes me wonder what new book or film he’s working on that he needs the wolf lovers to purchase. Remember, this is the guy who named his first book, “The Four Hour Work Week”, not because it was a practical bit of advice, but because his tests of book titles shot that one to the top of the list. Disappointing that his BS has to exploit what will become another predator introduction without a management plan disaster.

Bob M. - posted 4 months ago on 09-30-2019 04:03:19 pm
Aurora CO

This regulation of wildlife by the ballot box has already been proven to have unintended consequences. Look at the Colorado Constitution Amendments concerning the Spring Bear hunt and the Mountian Lion hunt. Recently the bear and lion populations have exploded, increased license availability is falling short of controlling the populations. This along with more people moving into the mountians, less habit area for the animals and natural food shortages for the animals are creating more animals to become more dependent on human. Just watch as the number of bear and lion encounters with humans rises every year. And now we the voters want to reintroduce another APEX predator with no predator of it's own to help control the population. To bad the Colorado Front Range controls the direction of the ballot box on issues that don't affect the Front Range.

Erik S. - posted 4 months ago on 09-24-2019 02:33:16 pm

I keep wondering when all the big names in the industry are going to start calling for all the fans to ban together, similar to what they did when jason chaffetz tried to sell off public lands. CPW and all wildlife in Colorado are going to need all the help they can get to win this battle....

Alexander K. - posted 4 months ago on 09-24-2019 11:40:27 am
Denver, CO

I urge Colorado citizens to sign the petition on the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition website and give if you can. In it's simplest form, a ballot proposition that takes power away from the wildlife managers at CPW is inherently flawed (e.g., British Columbia Bear Ban).