Stop the Slaughter of Bears and Mountain Lions in Colorado
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On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a $4.5 million plan to begin the systematic killing of bears and mountain lions on the Piceance Basin and Upper Arkansas River. Claiming the animals are over-preying on the mule deer population in Colorado, the commission plans to trap mountain lions and black bears, and then shoot them. Both the Humane Society as well as a group of scientists at Colorado State University oppose this plan, with Aubyn Royall, director for Colorado's Humane Society, stating that "Colorado's mountain lions and black bears are being threatened by the very agency we trust to protect these iconic native carnivores". Royall notes the need for more extensive research as well as improvement of deer habitat and migration corridors as opposed to "senseless killing". Additionally, Joel Berger, Kevin Crooks, and Barry Noon, biologists at Colorado State University have noted research which shows that decrease in mule deer populations within the state are caused by "food limitation, habitat loss and human-induced disturbances" as opposed to predators such as bears and mountain lions. Those who oppose the predator control decision state a heavy influence by hunters, who would benefit from larger populations of deer at the expense of the lives of predators. Please, help to stop this slaughter of innocent animals and the disruption of the natural cycle of our earth and her creatures. Sign today and tell the Colorado Parks and Wildlife that the people of Colorado will not stand for this needless killing of animals, or contact a member of the commission at Colorado Parks and Wildlife Headquarters at:
1313 Sherman Street, 6th floor, Denver, Colorado 80203
Predator Management, Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy
Jeff Ver Steeg-Assistant Director for Research, Policy and Planning
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