Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Gray wolf ballot measure submitted

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2019 at 10:39 AM

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Supporters of reintroducing the endangered gray wolf in Colorado submitted a ballot proposal to the secretary of state April 19, The Colorado Sun reports.

The measure, due for a hearing on May 1, after the Indy’s deadline, and labeled Initiative 79, strives to reintroduce gray wolves on public lands west of the Continental Divide by the end of 2023 through a science-based management plan that would compensate livestock owners for losses caused by the wolves.

Colorado is the only state in the Rocky Mountains without the wolves.

The gray wolf is on the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Commission’s list of endangered or threatened species, and the federal government is preparing to remove the gray wolf as endangered.

Other reintroduction plans have taken place under the Endangered Species Act, but this is the first to appeal directly to voters. Backers, including Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, would need 200,000 signatures to secure a ballot spot. 

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