Letter: Wolf hunting goes against the North American Model

Posted 7/19/22

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has always promoted the “user pays model,” where wildlife decisions are made by people who purchase hunting and fishing licenses.

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Letter: Wolf hunting goes against the North American Model

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has always promoted the “user pays model,” where wildlife decisions are made by people who purchase hunting and fishing licenses.

For the Wolf Plan, the “user” is the citizens of the state of Colorado, who under a fair election, chose for wolves to be managed as a non-game species. The statute is clear. 

The “payer” in this system is the general fund of Colorado, which is funded by citizens of Colorado and not from hunting and fishing licenses. 

For those who use the North American Model as a masquerade to justify a public wolf hunt, you are degrading the North American Model. 

The 2004 wolf plan talks about “live and let live.” A wolf hunt is the antithesis to this.

A wolf hunt does nothing to create tolerance or goodwill, it de-values the life of a wolf, increases illegal poaching, goes against all the best available science and is an act of spite and vengeance.

A wolf hunt only sets up the hunter to be in direct violation of CPW’s own policies. CPW statute 33-6-119 requires that meat from the animal be consumed by humans. People don’t eat wolf meat. To hunt them is illegal.

The sad irony about misuse of the North American Model is that if the State of Wyoming had a responsible policy for wolves, Proposition 114 would have been unnecessary to begin with, since wolves would be able to migrate naturally into Colorado, rather than being shot on sight, from the air, poisoned, or run over 365 days a year.

The SAG and CPW have made it unreasonably difficult to know what is being discussed at the SAG meetings. By not allowing the public to view the meetings live via Zoom, and now not allowing the recording of meetings to share with those who are unable to attend them due to being disabled, elderly or because they are during work hours, is unethical.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Colorado and around the country are watching. When Coloradans who voted for Proposition 114 become aware that the SAG has focused on ways to allow hunting of wolves, they will be outraged. Surely an onslaught of legal actions on behalf of wolves will ensue. We voted for wolves to be reintroduced to their native homeland not to killed.

CPW is our public servant and is responsible for carrying out a wolf plan which complies with the passage of 114, (33-2-105.8) which states wolves are a non-game species, and we will hold CPW accountable to this.

Rhonda Dern, Evergreen

 

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