Yesterday, the House Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Committee passed Senate Bill 23-256, a bill to prohibit the reintroduction of gray wolves until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has designated Colorado gray wolves as an experimental population. This important legislation will now go to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration. A hearing date has not been scheduled yet, but with the 2023 legislative session due to adjourn May 8, we expect SB 23-256 to receive a hearing soon.
As previously reported, it is critical that sportsmen reach out to committee members asking them to support this bill as it is critical to the future management of wolves in the state.
Designation as an experimental population allows the state greater management flexibility, which will be extremely important as newly established wolf packs interact with the landscape. Human-wolf conflicts will increase, livestock predation will rise and ungulate species like elk and deer will be impacted. If wolves are reintroduced before FWS designates the population as experimental, the options for state wildlife managers will be extremely limited.
Please use our Take Action button here to email members of the committee urging them to SUPPORT SB 23- 256 when it comes before them for consideration.
Don’t forget to forward important message to your family, friends, and fellow sportsmen urging them to also email Committee members asking them to SUPPORT SB 23-256.
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