Prairie Protection Colorado
Started 3 petitions
Help Ban Trapping and Trophy Hunting of Bobcats in Colorado!
Help us pass a Citizen's Petition that is asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners to ban the trapping and hunting of bobcats throughout Colorado. Bobcats are mostly hunted and trapped for their fur which is then sold to China and Russia to make high-end fashion items. The rest of the carcass is discarded. Due to Amendment 14, trappers in CO are only allowed to use box traps. When trappers catch bobcats they usually strangle them to death with “choke poles” or kill them by drowning or standing on their chests to suffocate them. The reason they do this is because they don’t want to get blood on the pelts, there is “ less of a mess to clean up,” and the “fur is worth more.” Trappers typically don’t shoot the bobcats because they don’t want a hole in the fur or their traps to get damaged. Bobcats are an extremely important part of our ecosystem and naturally control rodent populations as this is their main prey. In addition, Hunting and trapping of bobcats threaten the genetic diversity, demographics, and long term survival of the bobcat population. Bobcat numbers have historically declined dramatically in several areas of the United States due to poor management and unlimited hunting and trapping. The population status of bobcats in Colorado is unknown and CPW does not currently have a reliable method for evaluating bobcat demographics and population trends within the state. Since 2002 there has been a significant increase in annual bobcat mortality in Colorado, which is mostly due to harvesting by hunters and trappers resulting from an increase in the worth of bobcat pelts. During the 2002-03 season 562 bobcats were harvested, and during the 2016-17 season, 1811 bobcats were harvested. The most recent data regarding Bobcat Mortality Density in Colorado indicates that the 3-year average mortality density has increased statewide and within all four geographic regions (NE, NW, SE, SW) from the preceding 3-year average. This increase in trapping is putting additional pressure on the populations of bobcats at the same time that their habitat is being destroyed for ever-increasing development and resource extraction. Adding additional pressure on bobcats from live trapping and hunting will detrimentally affect their ability to survive. It is our responsibility as advocates for bobcats and the wildlife community to resist the looting of our wildlife for the sadistic pleasure of the few.There are two things you can do immediately to help bobcats in Colorado: 1. Write the commissioners by clicking on this link and following the directives.2. Sign this change.org petition to illustrate to the commission how many of us care. We must be the voice for our wildlife and insist that bobcats are protected! Please sign this petition!For updates and other ways you can get involved, please sign up for Prairie Protection Colorado's newsletter.
Denver Board of Water Commissioners: Withdraw Your $50,000 Kill Contract to Gas Prairie Dogs In Denver Colorado!
Denver Water recently began killing prairie dogs on a small plot of land off Quebec Avenue that they own in Denver, Colorado in October of this year for what they claimed were "neighbor complaints." Neighboring advocates who cared deeply for this small colony worked very hard for almost a year with Denver Water to create nonlethal solutions after discovering that Denver Water might kill this colony. After advocates believed their colony was safe as a result of their barrier fencing being effective, they observed gas cartridges strewn throughout the colony on October 5th and Denver Water confirmed that they gassed these animals behind their back and without their knowledge.After this colony was gassed, there were many survivors and Prairie Protection Colorado worked very hard to stop any further poisoning. We attended the next Denver Water Board meeting with advocates on October 24th and offered to find land for a relocation and we ensured them that if we were given this chance that the prairie dogs would be relocated by next Summer. Denver Water said they would "consider our request."Instead of considering this request to find nonlethal solutions for these prairie dogs, less than a week later, Denver Water signed a new contract with Ronnie Purcella of Animal and Pest Control Services and began gassing the Quebec colony again and further added another colony about 3 blocks south on 8000 E. Jewell Avenue. Denver Water agreed to pay Ronnie Purcella $50,000 to kill all of them on repeated attempts of gassing between October 31st of 2018 and April of 2019 or until every last one is murdered. This colony is not harming anyone and is located in one of the only prairie communities left in this area. No developments are planned to occur here and Denver Water is killing only to get rid of what they see as a "pest." Please sign this petition and insist that Denver Water withdraws their contract with Ronnie Purcella and Animal and Pest Control Services before it is too late. These prairie dogs need your voice! Please make sure you also include your email address so you can receive updates and ways you can help Prairie Protection Colorado save prairie dogs along Colorado's Front Range. For the Prairie Dogs!!
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Relocate the Stonegate Prairie Dogs: Stop Poisoning Wildlife!
Prairie Protection Colorado (PPC) has been working with Stonegate residents to save approximately 30 surviving black-tailed prairie dogs from a recent fumitoxin poisoning in their neighborhood. The Stonegate Village Metropolitan District had every intention to poison these survivors and "finish off" this colony until residents got involved and began to fight for their relocation rather than their annihilation. A new home for these survivors has been found in Sedalia Colorado and the owners of this land would love to welcome these prairie dogs to a healthy and beautiful colony currently existing at this location. In Colorado, it is a state law that a relocation permit be filed with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and that it gets approval in order to save prairie dog colonies from annihilation. Of course no such permit is needed for a property owner to kill these colonies and in fact killing this keystone species is encouraged by CPW, an agency that defines prairie dogs as a "pest." PPC submitted this permit over 40 days ago and has still not received a formal approval or denial. This is because CPW is gathering as much opposition to this relocation as possible in order to have a legitimate reason to deny the permit. PPC has been in continual contact with CPW since filing this permit application and they have ignored our requests for information on the status of our permit. In filing an Open Records Request, PPC found that both CPW and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are working together to ensure this relocation doesn't happen. The Forest Service borders the land where the prairie dogs will be moved to and CPW has insisted that the Forest Service is a determining factor in the permit decision of this relocation to private land. The excuse both CPW and the USFS are using to deny this permit is that the land we are trying to relocate the Stonegate prairie dogs to was historical Gunnison prairie dog habitat, not black-tailed prairie dog habitat, although no Gunnison prairie dogs have ever existed at this location in recorded history. They are also fabricating their concern (given that they will certainly be poisoned to death if they aren't relocated) that the Stonegate prairie dogs won't survive in this climate. Contrary to this unsubstantiated nonsense, CPW has already approved a prior relocation of black-tailed prairie dogs to this land in 2015 and these prairie dogs are currently thriving after successfully birthing 3 generations of healthy prairie dog pups. In order for this colony to continue their biological stability, they are in need of biodiversity, which these survivors would bring to help enhance the land and the colony currently living there. Please help us illustrate to Colorado Parks and Wildlife that the public won't stand for these hateful attempts to poison the surviving prairie dogs at Stonegate by signing this petition that insists these prairie dogs are given a chance to survive. We are fed up with CPW abusing their power and directing that authority to ensure that prairie dogs are destroyed, even when there is a clear and viable alternative. Please sign this petition and help us illustrate that this insane killing of a keystone species must stop!! Relocate, don't exterminate!