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CO Proposition 114 - Reintroduction and Management of Gray Wolves

Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the restoration of gray wolves through their reintroduction on designated lands in Colorado located west of the continental divide, and, in connection therewith, requiring the Colorado parks and wildlife commission, after holding statewide hearings and using scientific data, to implement a plan to restore and manage gray wolves; prohibiting the commission from imposing any land, water, or resource use restrictions on private landowners to further the plan; and requiring the commission to fairly compensate owners for losses of livestock caused by gray wolves?Reintroduction and Management of Gray Wolves in ColoradoThis is an initiated proposal to amend the Colorado Revised Statutes to reintroduce and to manage gray wolves to Colorado.Major Provisions:Develops a plan to manage and reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado west of the Continental Divide by December 31, 2023; andUses state funds to assist livestock owners in preventing conflicts with gray wolves and to pay fair compensation for livestock loss.Background:Gray wolves inhabited the southern Rocky Mountains for years, until 1945, when the last one was killed in southwestern Colorado. Wolves evolved alongside their prey, such as deer and elk. Bringing wolves back will help restore this predator-prey balance, keeping prey and landscape they graze on healthier. Colorado is home to about 710,000 deer and elk, roughly three quarters of which live west of the Continental Divide. There are presently about 2000 wolves in the northern Rocky Mountain region. There have recently been confirmed sightings of gray wolves in Colorado It is unclear if it is a self-sustaining population.If this proposal is approved, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold statewide hearings about scientific, economic, and social considerations, and include public input on updated plans. The Commission would be responsible for wildlife management and regulation activities. They would work in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife regarding any federal endangered species designation, and would need federal approval prior to reintroduction of the gray wolves.________________________________Proposición 114Reintegración y Manejo de Lobos Grises en ColoradoEsta es una propuesta por iniciativa para enmendar las Leyes Reformuladas de Colorado para reintegrar y vigilar a los lobos grises en Colorado.Las Provisiones Principales:Desarrolla un plan para vigilar y reintegrar a lobos grises en Colorado al oeste de la División Continental para el 31 de diciembre, 2023; yUtiliza los fondos estatales para asistir a dueños de ganado a prevenir conflictos con lobos grises y pagar compensación justa por pérdidas de ganado.Trasfondo:Los lobos grises habitaron la zona sur de los Rocky Mountains por años, hasta 1945, cuando el último fue matado en el suroeste de Colorado. Los lobos evolucionaron junto con sus presas, como los venados y ciervos. La reintegración de lobos ayudaría a restaurar el equilibro de predador y presa, manteniendo más sanas a las presas y a la tierra con la que se nutren. Colorado es hogar para aproximadamente 710,000 venados y ciervos, de los cuales aproximadamente tres cuartos viven al oeste de la División Continental. Actualmente, aproximadamente 2000 lobos habitan la región del norte de los Rocky Mountains. Recientemente se han confirmado observaciones de lobos grises en Colorado. No se sabe si es una población autosuficiente.Si se aprueba esta propuesta, la Comisión de Parques y Naturaleza de Colorado (Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission) realizará audiencias con respecto a consideraciones científicas, económicas, y sociales, e incluirá el aporte público en los planes actualizados. La Comisión sería responsable del manejo y actividades de regulación de la vida salvaje. Trabajarían con US Fish and Wildlife para abordar cualquier designación federal de especie en peligro de extinción, y necesitaría obtener aprobación federal antes de reintroducir a los lobos grises.

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Contact phone Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund 303-570-5446 _____ Colorado Sierra Club – Elect the Wolf 303-861-8819
1. Reintroducing wolves would go far to restore the natural balance to the Colorado Rocky Mountain wildlife for generations to come. Without them the deer and elk population can overgraze sensitive habitats. This would ensure a permanent gray wolf population to the state and would benefit the fish, wildlife and plant communities of the region, including growth of streamside vegetation that has benefited fish, amphibians, beaver and songbirds.

2. This has been done in other states with successful recovery efforts.
Contact phone Coloradans Defending Our Wildlife 970-261-2513 ______ Coloradans Protecting Wildlife 303-749-7500
1. The presence of wolves can cause conflict with humans and animals that live in Colorado. Gray wolves are known to prey on livestock, particularly when the deer populations are low in certain areas of the state.

2. Since gray wolves from neighboring states have already been seen, it seems that wolves may be establishing their own presence, making a program unnecessary. Allowing wolves to come back on their own would give Coloradans more time to adapt to their presence.