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UPDATE ON COLORADO'S WOLF PLAN
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Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 03-Mar-23
Sivart 03-Mar-23
fishin coyote 03-Mar-23
Glunt@work 03-Mar-23
Jaquomo 04-Mar-23
JusPassin 04-Mar-23
LUNG$HOT 04-Mar-23
Paul@thefort 04-Mar-23
Paul@thefort 05-Mar-23
Beendare 05-Mar-23
Beendare 05-Mar-23
Mule Power 05-Mar-23
From: Paul@thefort
03-Mar-23
Wolf reintroduction and management, INFO FROM CPW after last public meeting:

The Commission supported Chapter 3 (Reintroduction Implementation) of the draft plan, as written, provided the Technical Working Group recommendations are incorporated by reference into the plan and that wolves injured in transport, if any, will be sent to a rehabilitation facility where feasible and appropriate in lieu of euthanasia. The Commission supported Chapter 4 (Recovery of Wolves in Colorado) of the draft plan, as written, concerning the population thresholds for the conclusion of Phases 1 and 2. The Commission supported Chapter 4 (Recovery of Wolves in Colorado) of the draft plan, provided the plan removes “Phase 4” (the in the future if the wolf is classified as a big game species, hunting would be a means of control) and adds the following statement on long-term management of wolves: At some point in the future, the long-term management of wolves in Colorado may need to be considered further than what is outlined in this plan. These discussions would only occur after wolves have successfully been recovered and removed from the State Threatened and Endangered list. The long?term management of wolves should be impact- and science-based, with consideration of biological and social science as well as economic and legal considerations.

CPW will defer consideration of and development of specifics for long?term management until the beginning of Phase 3 at the earliest, when better information about wolves and their distribution in Colorado is available. Future management will be guided by the best available biological and social science data provided by CPW. This plan takes no position as to whether the Parks and Wildlife Commission has the statutory authority to reclassify wolves as a game species or take other appropriate management actions. The Commission supported Chapter 5 (Wolf Management), as written. The plan will not contain a geographical distribution component as a prerequisite to gray wolves moving from Phase 1 (endangered) to Phase 2 (threatened). See § 33-1-102(44), CRS (“Threatened species” means any species or subspecies of wildlife which, as determined by the commission, is not in immediate jeopardy of extinction but is vulnerable because it exists in such small numbers or is so extremely restricted throughout all or a significant portion of its range that it may become endangered.”) To transition from Phase 2 to Phase 3, the plan will be amended to require a count of 150 wolves for two successive years or 200 wolves at any time and will add a geographical distribution component through a finding that the species “is present in a significant portion of its range." The plan will be amended to require Division staff to conduct a population viability analysis as a prerequisite to gray wolves moving from Phase 2 (threatened) to Phase 3 (nongame). Following the conclusion of the initial release, CPW staff will provide updates on the plan at least annually to the Commission on the plan’s progress, but staff can be asked to provide an update at any time interval as there are new developments. A more formal review of progress on the plan will be scheduled for five years after the initial release. Final edits are being made to the draft plan now based on the Commission’s guidance. The final Plan, and associated regulations, will be adopted via a two-step approval process at the Commission meetings on April 6 in Steamboat Springs and on May 3 - 4 in Glenwood Springs.

Visit CPW’s Stay Informed page and sign up for the Wolf Reintroduction eNews to stay up to date with CPW’s Wolf Restoration efforts.

From: Sivart
03-Mar-23
My reptile brain doesn't interpret any of this. Can someone put it in Layman's terms?

03-Mar-23
I think I can put it in layman’s terms… It’s a done deal, wolves will be stocked and hunting them will not happen no matter how many there are as they will never be classified as a game animal(aka the removal of phase 4)

From: Glunt@work
03-Mar-23
The pro wolfers have made it clear that their position is that the ballot issue language means they will never be a game species. CPW's plan included the possibility of hunting them and read like it was likely to happen in phase 4.

Instead of facing that issue now, they have either given up or kicked the can down the road.

From: Jaquomo
04-Mar-23
There will never be another Republican governor in CO. We have had some good Dem governors in the past, who appointed very good Commissioners who were pro-hunting. But that brand of moderate Dem has been drummed out of the party and will be a longshot to primary in this now superblue state. My bet is that we have a trans governor within 10 years.

From: JusPassin
04-Mar-23
Colorado was a good state once upon a time. Sad to see how the libs have taken over.

From: LUNG$HOT
04-Mar-23
Layman’s terms: We’re F’d 6 way to Sunday. Note the capital “F”

From: Paul@thefort
04-Mar-23
Per a political news paper: The prevailing sentiment following the thumping Republicans suffered in Colorado argues that a combination of factors contributed to their sweeping defeat, chiefly that Donald Trump remains a drag on the GOP among state voters and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to undo Roe v. Wade served as a shot in the arm for Democrats despite the headwinds of soaring inflation and a high crime rate heading into the midterm elections.

But some in Colorado believe that the Democrats' dominant performance heralds a more fundamental realignment of party politics and political values in the state.

Dick Wadhams, a former Colorado Republican state chairman and veteran campaign manager, believes Democrats stand to dominate Colorado for a "generation."

When asked how long a "generation" is, he answered, "20 to 30 years."

From: Paul@thefort
05-Mar-23
Wyoming will not allow Colorado to capture wolves in Wyo. and return them to Colorado for the wolf reintroduction here. This was reported yesterday at the Colorado Sportsperson Caucus Roundtable all day meeting yesterday that I attended. Montana stated, not unless the Federal-USFWS 10 J rule plan in approved and is in place. Colorado CPW is making requests of Idaho, Oregon, Washington state.

Be it noted, wolves can be reintroduced into Colorado without the Federal 10 J rule Plan in place here, but with out the rule, there will be less management flexibility in managing wolves in Colorado. It was also noted that historically there will be a law suit by prowolf, anti hunting groups once the USFWS 10 J in approved on the federal level. The question was raised, why would the prowolfers not wait until the wolves are in Colorado and the find way to get their way with law suits here. This might be the most likely outcome but we will just have to wait and see. Those, the majority of uneducated voters, that voted for the wolf reintroduction had no idea the blood , sweat and tears that have been shed over this issue to date by CPW staff and the funding that will be necessary in the present and future. As one CPW staffer stated, "THIS IS JUST THE BEGINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" The word on the street, and to no surprise, it is a political TOP DOWN, Governor, dilemma, causing even more stress throughout the ranks.

From: Beendare
05-Mar-23
“My bet is that we have a trans governor within 10 years.“ Jaq

The Biden admin cabinet has a couple winners all T’eed up for ya.

From: Beendare
05-Mar-23
If this teaches us anything….

Its that we need to pull out all the stops and band together ACROSS THE COUNTRY to intervene in these individual attacks on hunting.

From: Mule Power
05-Mar-23
How can an animal that is thriving even be considered to be classified as endangered or threatened?

I’m not showing them my common sense based on previous experiences management plan. It has three phases. The last phase includes the right to remain silent.

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