Wolves returning to Colorado after a close vote that brought the long-contentious challenge on to the public’s attention. The vote, which is now shut with 50.8 percent of the vote, appears the primary referendum on the reintroduction of an animal.
“Now we’re getting all the way down to the laborious work of creating a wolf inhabitant here,” stated Rob Edward, a longtime wolf advocate who is leading the marketing campaign in Colorado with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund.
Wildlife in Colorado
Coloradoans Protecting Wildlife, a group opposing wolf measurements, are arguing that the slim outcome confirmed the general public stays divided on wolves and that the difficulty ought to by no means be determined at the ballot box.
“Whatever the margin on this vote, it indicates a mass change in Western wildlife management. That is historic, and in the future will be looked on as a profound conservation victory.”
In addition, Coloradoans Protecting wildlife states on their website, “Coloradan’s Protecting Wildlife will educate voters concerning the pitfalls of wolves introduced to Colorado’s landscapes and urge them to leave species management up to wildlife biologists and the related state and federal agencies”.
The Wolf Pack
“Organizations throughout the state are coming collectively to encourage Coloradans to rethink the introduction of the gray wolf,” stated Chad Vorthmann, executive vice chairman of the Colorado Farm Bureau.
“The choice on whether to import wolves to Colorado needs to be led by science and left to specialists, not to the ballot box.” (dpa)
Colorado’s Growing Nature
The concept of bringing wolves into the state is not new. CCA, CFB and CWGA previously worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to develop a plan for free-range wolves.
This includes key management methods to ensure that gray wolves coming to Colorado from other states are protected. However, do not endanger any animals or people with whom may come into contact.
The mix Feelings
Although only slightly more than half of voters nationwide favored the wolf’s reintroduction. The measure crossed the threshold of victory, owing to strong support in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins in Colorado’s Front Range.
It’s a long way from where Wolves are. While many people on the western slope are pleased to see the wolves being restored, some ranchers believe voters are throwing them under the bus.
The ranchers’ compensation program for confirmed wolf-related losses in Montana says, the administration would do well to move forward with the planning process that involves all parties.
Including those who are opposing reintroduction. Now that the wolves are coming, it’s in everyone’s best interest to reduce potential conflicts wherever possible.