Many believe “The Jewel of the Rockies” is synonymous with Colorado. It’s tough to argue against it, with Colorado’s extensive public access added to the world’s largest elk herd, just short of 300,000. Its diversity and abundance of wildlife attract people from around the world.
The North American Conservation Model is alive and well in Colorado, but there are troubling signs that it could quickly unravel. Well funded anti-hunting and environmentalist groups are working to establish pioneering wolves from the north and south, in hopes that it may be seed in establishing hundreds of Canadian Gray and Mexican Wolves throughout Colorado.
Wolves’ impact on Colorado’s big game abundance, not to mention its cattle industry, would have devastating consequences as seen in Montana and Wyoming.
BigGame Forever’s Grand Junction Banquet
BigGame Forever has taken the lead to help and support Colorado’s legislation in developing a common sense wolf management plan. This was put on display on April 8, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Like-minded sportsmen, including local BGF members, came together to take a stand against out-of-state influences pushing for wolf introduction and expansion.
Denny Behrens, Colorado Regional Director, commented, “Those in attendance said how educational and eye-opening the banquet was for them…many came on board to support BigGame Forever.” Denny describes the current environment in Colorado’s legislature as divided, with a Republican Senate and a Democratic House, “We’re currently reaching out and building relationships with our Democratic sportsmen, to support us on establishing a common sense wolf management plan.”
Denny stated, “The question is how many wolves will the state of Colorado allow in the state before we manage them? And that’s the critical piece, because now we have no way to quantify how many wolves it will take to put forth legislation to hunt and manage them. Creating a Colorado management plan now is so critical. It’s going to be one heck of a fight and we need front range and back range of the Rockies sportsmen and cattlemen to join forces to protect what we have.”
Money raised will go towards Colorado BigGame Forever’s efforts to educate the public and support legislation protecting Colorado’s big game with sound predator management practices.