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we have an opportunity to help return wolf management to the states. Please go to www.Biggameforever.org and sign the petition to support removing wolves from endangered species list.The recovery goals were reached long ago but the greenies and their judges have kept states from making the best decisions for all wildlife.
Although I am all for delisting the wolf (never should have been listed in the first place) - this May set up president for Colorado to be able to introduce them here via ballot initiative. The USFS reviewed Colorado and decided it was not suitable for introduction of wolves. The wolf lovers are gearing up big time to bring them here as soon as the endangered species restrictions are lifted. It will not be pretty.
Treeline, is that how it works? (serious question, would like to know) If the wolf stays listed, does it take more than just a passed voter referendum to allow them to be stocked in CO?
Done, they can have the Red Wolves in N.C. too. Forrest
Here is the link at the end of it straight to the gov website to submit a comment as well.
If they are delisted, it opens the door for the State of Colorado to bring in wolves without USFW oversight.
If a voter referendum is approved, once ESA restrictions are removed, the state can buy them and bring them in. Just like various states have brought in other wildlife species (bighorn sheep) from other states.
The State will also have say on whether these imported vermin can be shot, or not. The current political situation here will place wolves above people.
When wildlife populations crumble in this state due to 24/7/365 wolf predation, guess who will lose the ability to hunt? It certainly will not be the wolves...
Thanks mountainman. I will never support Big Game Forever. They are basically the "opposite side of the coin" of the Center for Biological Diversity. (Both organizations care about the revenue they can generate. The cause they are advocating for/against, not so much)
If the voter referendum is approved, but the ESA restrictions stay in place, who decides what happens in CO?
The USFWS. The state would need the feds to allow reintroduction via the Endangered Species Act.
The USFWS might step in with regards to importing northern grey wolves due to the potential impacts to the Mexican wolves down in NM and AZ.
Mexican wolves are much smaller animals - about the size of a large coyote. More like the original wolves that were in Colorado and up into Wyoming.
Those big northern wolves, protected in Colorado of course, would rapidly expand and the Mexican wolves would go extinct in short order.
NM, AZ and UT elk herds would take a very hard hit as well. Think it's tough to draw an elk tag now...
Big Game Forever is a wolf in sheep clothing!
Sign their petition I guess but don't send em a dime. They are not for the public land DIY hunter. Thanks for the link Mountain Man.