'A Strange Marriage': Outfitters, Conservationist join together on Mountain Lion Proposal

When the Colorado Wildlife Commission gathers at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Holiday Inn, among the items on its one-day agenda is something so rare, it should be preserved in amber. It’s not just that the commission hopefully is going to adopt a mandatory hunter-education course specifically aimed at mountain lion hunters — although that in itself will set a precedent — but rather how the proposal even came to be.

The new regulation is a conflation of two petitions dating from 2005 seeking the protection of female lions and their dependent young from very different aspects.

One of the petitions came from the Colorado Outfitters Association, which wanted the wildlife commission to address law enforcement and other problems inherent in the way lions were being managed.

The second petition was initiated by the predator-protection group Sinapu. Since 2002, Sinapu has campaigned to educate hunters about the detrimental effects of killing female mountain lions.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

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