Ask Colorado Parks and Wildlife not to kill bears and lions
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The deer population in Colorado, sadly, is declining, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) wants to attempt to raise the numbers using “predator control.” CPW wants to kill mountain lions and black bears. As a three-year experiment.
This is an unproven and cruel idea. It is very controversial. The Humane Society of the United States, for example, is opposed to predator control and argues that Colorado’s approach will not work—furthermore, it will orphan cubs and kittens, who will subsequently be rendered motherless (and therefore starve, be eaten, or otherwise die). The National Wildlife Federation and state biologists have weighed in as well.
For more, see this article in the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/22/colorado-may-kill-more-bears-mountain-lions-to-boost-deer-population/
Many things contribute to the decline of deer—but it is not predators. Predator populations do not have to be managed, there is no need for human interference. When the prey population is reduced, the natural progression is that predator populations decline.
“Predator control” should be the last resort. The first move should be to reduce how many deer hunting tags are sold to the general public in the areas where the herd is low.
Deer have been killed because of human activity: habitat loss, development, oil and gas drilling, hunting, and road construction, for example. A better solution would be to determine how the deer can recover—without jumping on the destructive idea of killing wildlife. Restoration and protection of habitat, for instance. An example of this would be to protect the critical deer habitat in northwestern Colorado, near Rifle and near Dinosaur National Monument, from the BLM’s oil and gas plans. Another solution would be to limit deer hunting tags until the deer increase in population.
The quality and quantity of habitat is what’s important. Managing deer hunting tags is important. Not killing lions and bears.
Please tell CPW not to allow the further killing of lions and bears. Ask them to focus on habitat protection instead. And ask them to limit deer hunting tags until the deer recover.
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