Hunters have asked the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to consider holding a limited hunt for Greater Sandhill Cranes in NW Colorado. Colorado has hunted Lesser Sandhill cranes in Colorado, East of I-25 since 1967. It is the position of CPW biologists that a limited season as proposed will not negetively impact this population which is already hunted in every other state in which it resides. CPW has issued a position paper which you can read on pages 5-8 at the following link:(http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Commission/2012/March/Chapter5Issues.pdf)
The total number of available permits is determined annually by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and are distributed to the states where this population is hunted. Colorado's share, less than 50 permits, will be distributed to the other states if this hunt is not approved. This means that the approval of this petition will only result in a redistribution, not an increase, in the number of available permits.
Sunday, April 29th the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper came out in favor of this hunt option. Read the editorial at the following link. http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2012/apr/28/our-view-cranes-crosshairs/
If you would like to support the recommended option of holding a limited crane
hunt in Routt and Moffat counties only of NW Colorado, please sign this
Thank you for casting a vote for Scientific based wildlife management.
The results of this petition and your comments will be shared with the
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission prior to their discussion meeting on
May 10th & 11th in Grand Junction, CO and their decision meeting July 12 & 11th in Sterling, CO.
Colorado volunteer Hunter Education Instructor since 1984
Colorado Regional Director - Ducks Unlimited, retired