A recent article in the Casper Star-Tribune outlined a proposed budget by the state of Wyoming to fund their wolf management plan. In sum, the state plans to spend over $2 million per year to “manage” wolves. I can guarantee you that they don’t plan to be spending that money to help wolves gain more ground in Wyoming; as I said to the reporter, we’d be doing the ranchers who loose livestock to wolves a much greater service if we simply directed thos funds to pay them several time the market value of thei9r lost stock — and we’d still spend far less than $2 million!
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Sinapu Cautions the DOW to Leave the Nederland Lion Alone
Boulder, CO. Mountain lions are the perfect predator. Equipped with powerful claws and jaws, they are quite capable of killing prey much larger than themselves—even an adult elk. Lion stalk and ambush their prey—a technique that is far more efficient and effective than coursing (that is, chasing prey over long distance) as wolves do. Typically, mountain lions prey on deer, but will consume other wildlife or even domestic livestock or pets.
“With shrinking habitats and an increased human population in Boulder County, we need to expand people’s knowledge and change behaviors if large carnivores such as lions and bears are to persist,” said Wendy Keefover-Ring, Director of Sinapu’s Carnivore Protection Program.
“I usually remain silent when the Colorado Division of Wildlife has to kill a mountain lion or bear for human safety, but in this instance, I think their approach is wrong. If one lives in lion country and raises livestock, whether for profit or as a hobby, then that person must take responsibility for protecting those animals and use good husbandry practices,” stated Keefover-Ring.
“The DOW should remove the carcass of the miniature horse (or deer) as it usually does in these kinds of instances, followed by a non-lethal deterrent, and not presume the animal has any ill intent to harm a human,” declared Keefover-Ring.
“Leaving vulnerable livestock in a pasture overnight makes no sense, she added. “Animals should be put into a barn or placed behind a barricade. The lion should not have to pay for the livestock grower’s mistake with his/her life.”
The DOW pays compensation to people who have experienced personal property damage by mountain lions and bears. Thus, this may be why they are quick to seek to kill this particular lion.
Fur Fight! Anti-Trapping and Poisoning Initiative in Front of Court
Denver, CO. Can trappers legally box trap animals and then kill them for their fur or for trophies under Colorado’s Constitution? Conservation groups Sinapu and Forest Guardians adamantly argue that commercial and recreation trapping ended in 1996 when citizens passed Amendment 14. The state finds itself pitted against conservation groups in a legal battle. The state positioned itself to fight for trappers’ recreational and monetary rights, and against wildlife conservation or the public interest.
Larry Naves, Chief Judge of the Denver District Court, will decide on the matter following a hearing on Monday, September 10th at 9:00 am at the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver, Courtroom 6.
“Ironically, if we had not eliminated most forms of trapping in Colorado in 1996, Colorado could have never reintroduced lynx—the DOW’s crown jewel conservation program,” said Wendy Keefover-Ring of Sinapu. “Why the state is fighting to allow trappers to cage trap and kill species is biologically troublesome, contrary to the law, inhumane, and loathsome to voters.”
“Coloradoans have much to be concerned about with regard to the actions of the Wildlife Commission,” says Susan Morath Horner, counsel for the plaintiff conservation groups. According to Ms. Horner, “At every stage of the adoption of Amendment 14 it was clear that recreational and commercial trapping of wildlife would be eliminated.” Continue reading