Well, it's now official. The Colorado Secretary of State today certified the petition for voters to decide if Colorado will introduce wolves into Colorado. So it will be on the ballot this coming November
That may sound good, but the reality is that wolves are wary and mostly nocturnal making for a very challenging hunt. Targeted trapping or even aerial gunning (or indiscriminate poisoning) are really about the only effective control measures out there. I live in the heart of the NE Minnesota core wolf area with 2,500 - 4,000 wolves. Even living 22 miles from the nearest small town, I have only seen one wolf that I had a realistic chance to shoot at, and that was in the middle of a lake with cabins on the other side. Once this Pandora's box is open it will be too late. Expect the ballot to pass, as the east slope population that doesn't have to live with the wolves and their result will vote because puppies are cute.I'll try to stop them one at a time...
may be easier to pick them off via migration and no regs as opposed to dealing with the stateWe surely don't need wolves here in Colorado but I don't think this vote will matter much, other than to speed things up.
There are already wolves in the states north of us, as everyone on here knows, so they'll make it down into Colorado anyway.
that's what all the Idahoans said when they were pushed down our throats.I'll try to stop them one at a time...
I have no doubt it will pass . most people just don't really care enough one way or the other to oppose it . it is much easier to just vote for, so you can stop hearing about it .. this is why I hate seeing laws passed by the ballet.The wolves are just part of that big liberal utopia. Its an anti hunting strategy
I totally get your frustration.For the record, I hate that they are even entertaining re-introduction of wolves into Colorado.
BUT, what I find most interesting is that for years I have had concerns about Colorado and its seasons, point creep, overcrowding, cattle grazing, reduction in Cow elk, season structures, and tag allocations. I have called, mailed letters and spoken to various people who should be able to make a difference in these decisions. All of my concerns have fallen on deaf ears and the CPW just keeps on chugging along the same path to self destruction. I am a non-resident and I am treated like one. I dont get a vote and I dont get any of my concerns addressed. EVER. Not even a return phone call.
Now, that Colorado realizes this wolf situation is a great threat I receive 2 emails a day from the "Stop the wolf" coalition and other emails that basically state the same thing. They want my help via donations $$$.
You know what I say? Let the CPW deal with it. They didn't want to hear my concerns before so I say they can deal with this situation themselves. I dont get a vote in this either. So what does it really matter? There is nothing I can do for them as a non-resident.
My recommendation is the same people (that didn't want to address my concerns because I am just a non-resident and the only thing that matters is my money) is that they go to the polls and take care of this themselves.
Wait until they raise the hunting license fees across the board on everyone to be able to afford to manage the wolves with new liberal wolf biologists who have a diamond hard-on for wolves. We will be paying for the same people we in turn want to see jump off a damn cliff...