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Will Colorado voters get to decide on wolves?

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Colorado residents may get the opportunity to decide whether wolves should return to the state. As goHUNT previously reported, a ballot proposal was submitted to the state title board in April. While wolf reintroduction efforts have occurred across the West, particularly in Montana, Idaho and Yellowstone National Park, a group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund is taking a different approach: they want voters to decide.

According to the National Public Radio-Utah (NPR-Utah), other programs have been carried out by government agencies; this effort will hopefully be led by the people. Delia Malone is a Sierra Club ecologist working on the campaign to get the initiative on the state ballot for 2020. She says that the question they want voters to answer is straightforward and simple: “Do Coloradans want wolves restored to Colorado?”

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However, Initiative 79 specifically requires “the parks and wildlife commission, after holding statewide hearings and using scientific data, to implement a plan to restore and manage gray wolves.” The ballot proposal also would require “the commission to fairly compensate owners for losses of livestock caused by gray wolves.” 

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 goal of the campaign is to bring wolves back “federal public lands in the mountains west of the Continental Divide” by 2023, according to NPR-Utah.


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Michael V. - posted 7 months ago on 07-05-2019 01:05:40 am

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Andy M. - posted 7 months ago on 07-01-2019 12:33:19 am

My main issues are related to money. There will be the money spent to put wolves here, and then we will have to pay ranchers for lost livestock, some lost revenue for CPW for tags may happen. I dont care about the politics of anyone here in the front range, or our governor's sexual orientation. Wolves will eventually get to Colorado in self-sustaining numbers, but why pay to do that?

Greg M. - posted 7 months ago on 06-30-2019 07:34:12 am
Longmont, Colorado

For Colorado to allow these predators in is a irresponsible act. The biggest problem with the vot, Denver and the fron range owns the vote. The Wolves are not being put in their back yard, they are being put in the western slopes backyard.This is like a poison we will vote on weather you take it or not.
There is no advantage to wolves in Colorado. The disadvantage is are many, many. The state with the largest elk herd is threatened. With Montana and Idaho elk population dwindling due to wolves to around 60,000 head you can read the writing on the wall. Listen to the states that have been saddled with wolves, and have experience like Idaho. Idaho's govenor says, If I see a wolf I am going to shoot it." The major lost revenue to the state are very apparent.
Last fall the Idaho G&F was forced to stop selling elk licenses 10 days before the opening day of elk season. A major loss of revenue to the state. The reason was that the wolves had killed so many elk that they could not afford to have money paying hunters come to Idaho and take elk. Now realistically if some one in Denver does want wolves in Colorado let them have one in their backyard, then them, Fifi and the wolf can have dinner together in their backyard. Throw in a kid or two and the wolf will be the only one that lives to the next meal.
Our forefathers did everything possible to kill every would from the lower 48 states. There were reasons, and to reintroduce them into the lower 48 is welcoming a catastrophe and the person that signs that bill should be legally responsible for the first chaild killed by a wolf and with tewo he recieves the death penality and one he just recieved the life sentance because like diptheria or any other terminal disease it is not managed it must be destroyed. He is threatening the life of any child on the western slope, while he sits in the middle of Denver on the other side of the mountains in the very middle of the large city. He feel the wolves will have to kill a lot of people before they get to him. Wolves are a run away uncontrollable poison plague, releases into a herd of lambs, and in that case they will kill every land and not eat one, just kill to be killing, that is the agenda of a wolf.
Denver you are lambs, release the wolves in Denver first then you will have the days you need to decide! Remember Fifi and listen to the Idaho Governor Sierra Club if you want wolves put them in your member back yards, with experience on having the wolf plague.
The Sierra Club forced the Feds to make the decisions for Idaho, Montana against the states demands not to. Listen to the Idaho governor feelings about his losses and no gains for the state or the people, or the wildlife because of the stupid decision to reintroduce wolves. The Feds forced Idaho to take them because of the pressure of the sierra club, that is no secret. The feds don’t have them in their state! Sot it was an easy way to get the sierra club off their back. Then the push was put on Montana, and easterly Michigan and the upper peninsulas, where every deer had been killed. Colorado has forced the sierra club to go to the state level to get approval where their money and influence can pursue Coloradans because the Feds said NO. We are not going to force Colorado to reintroduce wolves. You will need to get the approval in Colorado by Colorado.
That is the only reason they are doing it this way this time. Well minded people don’t want wolves in Colorado. Sick minded people outside of Colorado do want Colorado to have wolves, because they don’t care about the aftermath, they don’t live here.
Sierra Club has their personal agenda and if they don’t show up in the media their ill minded members that have been brain washed by the sierra club’s phony advertisement that show the wolves living passively with other wildlife is garbage. Wolves were born to Kill, ask biologists. They will kill valuable wildlife resources just because the can. Not 80 elk killed in Montana by wolves, none eaten. Canada’s caribou herd has been demisted to a fraction of what they once were by wolves. Hunter kills are managed by the states Game and Fish agency. As Idaho and upper Michigan are aware you cannot manage wolves nor what and when they kill, plus provide no revenue by the state. They destroy wildlife, then move to the next game rich area to destroy that area, as the packs increase in numbers.

Hugh M. - posted 7 months ago on 06-27-2019 10:47:13 am
Grand Junction

Yeah we might get a chance to vote it down.. but like all the other shit we have voted down our left leaning queer governor will no doubt make it happen against our will! Justin Z. had a great point in regards to the consequences of revenue for the state. We have no need for the wolves so why bring them here????????

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Eric H. - posted 7 months ago on 06-26-2019 12:16:13 pm
Gilbert, AZ

Reintroduction of Gray wolves into Colorado before the Mexican Wolf in AZ, NM, and Mexico is better established will threaten the future of the Mexican Wolf. Wolves have already been spotted in Colorado and Northern Arizona - they spread out quickly. This is too soon to be officially introducing wolves back into Colorado, and not something that should be decided by the general public. The general public votes on the Game and Fish commissioners, and the commissioners are who should be making these decisions.

Josh S. - posted 7 months ago on 06-26-2019 11:16:33 am
S.E. Idaho

I am sure CPW is taking it in to account but I doubt the general public of Colorado is. At least the general public in the greater Denver area that controls the vote.

Either way, wolves are coming to Colorado sooner or later. Some say they are already spreading there organically and CPW even has a wolf sighting form on their website. Even if this proposal makes it to the ballot and is shut down by vote, does anyone really think that is going to stop the Sierra Club and other wolf groups from bullying them on to the landscape? This is just the easiest/cheapest way to make it happen, if it works.

I swear on all things Holy that I saw a wolf on Mount Jefferson near Island Park, ID/Montana border in the early 90's while snowmobiling, BEFORE the "reintroduction" in Yellowstone. I have seen them there since and as recently as last year. Idaho F&G says this area is over objective on the cow elk populations. There are also grizzly bears in this same area.

My point/opinion is (I'm not a biologist) while I don't agree with groups forcing predators on to a landscape and then interfering with the management of said predators, it isn't always the end of the world. I agree that something is very askew in northern Idaho and that elk herd has suffered greatly, but down here in south eastern Idaho, we have wolves and Grizz and while hunting isn't as easy as it once was, its still pretty damn good.

Humans eradicated the species to near extinction in the lower 48 and that is not OK. I do feel it is our duty as humans, hunters, and #conservationists to restore them in places where it makes sense. To me, Colorado makes sense from an environmental standpoint. The biggest piece of the puzzle is our states MUST have the ability to manage them like all other wildlife and Colorado will struggle with this. I see the way bears and lions are managed there and I cringe when I think what will happen with wolves.

It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Justin Z. - posted 7 months ago on 06-26-2019 10:07:50 am

I wonder if the State of Colorado is taking into account the financial ramifications of decimating it's elk heard? I would think the non-residents paying ~$700 for an OTC tag is a significant chunk of recurring money for the a non-resident why would I spend all that money to goto Colorado when my chance of success declines substantially? I won't be paying that for a chance to snap a picture of a wolf.