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Wolves Moving To Colorado???

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In early April, the Colorado Secretary of State received a ballot proposal – Initiative 79, that would require the State to reintroduce wolves to western Colorado by the end of 2023. The initiative needs 200,000 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. That should not be difficult.

According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), “extreme environmentalist groups behind I-79 foresee a [wolf] population of at least 1,000 and are firmly against hunting and trapping.”

As usual, the push is coming from outside the state. The Sierra Club, Ted Turner Foundation and others are supportive of this, and Montana senator Mike Phillips, a director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund is advising the two Colorado partner groups behind the initiative, The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund. The latter group is funded by the San Francisco-based Tides Center.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) came out with a statement in 2016 opposing any intentional introduction of gray wolves to Colorado based on “potential conflict with the State’s livestock industry and current big game management efforts” and citing the conclusions of the Colorado Wolf Management Working Group’s study published in December 2004 in which the group said that natural migration into Colorado was likely to occur.

The wolf does not need any help in spreading. According to 2018 USFWS estimates of wolf populations the northern Great Lakes and the northern Rockies already have well-established populations of nearly 3,765 and 1,782 with populations now in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Given that, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is in the public comment period until May 14 on its proposal to delist the gray wolf across the United States. You can submit comments on that here. Then click on the Comment Now blue button on the right side.

The war is on in Colorado. The issue will no doubt be on the ballot before long, funded by groups outside the state trying to force Colorado to do what the wildlife agency in charge of studying and managing the state’s wildlife has opposed. The flow of money into the state will build to fund an enormous media campaign aimed at the Front Range population centers in which new Coloradans from California and elsewhere will be encouraged to force the State to bring West Coast politics to bear on wildlife management. If you think this works well, I encourage you to talk to people in Oregon, both hunters and those in wildlife management.

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In early April, the Colorado Secretary of State received a ballot proposal – Initiative 79, that would require the State to reintroduce wolves to western Colorado by the end of 2023. The initiative needs 200,000 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. That should not be difficult.

According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), “extreme environmentalist groups behind I-79 foresee a [wolf] population of at least 1,000 and are firmly against hunting and trapping.”

As usual, the push is coming from outside the state. The Sierra Club, Ted Turner Foundation and others are supportive of this, and Montana senator Mike Phillips, a director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund is advising the two Colorado partner groups behind the initiative, The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund. The latter group is funded by the San Francisco-based Tides Center.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) came out with a statement in 2016 opposing any intentional introduction of gray wolves to Colorado based on “potential conflict with the State’s livestock industry and current big game management efforts” and citing the conclusions of the Colorado Wolf Management Working Group’s study published in December 2004 in which the group said that natural migration into Colorado was likely to occur.

The wolf does not need any help in spreading. According to 2018 USFWS estimates of wolf populations the northern Great Lakes and the northern Rockies already have well-established populations of nearly 3,765 and 1,782 with populations now in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Given that, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is in the public comment period until May 14 on its proposal to delist the gray wolf across the United States. You can submit comments on that here. Then click on the Comment Now blue button on the right side.

The war is on in Colorado. The issue will no doubt be on the ballot before long, funded by groups outside the state trying to force Colorado to do what the wildlife agency in charge of studying and managing the state’s wildlife has opposed. The flow of money into the state will build to fund an enormous media campaign aimed at the Front Range population centers in which new Coloradans from California and elsewhere will be encouraged to force the State to bring West Coast politics to bear on wildlife management. If you think this works well, I encourage you to talk to people in Oregon, both hunters and those in wildlife management.

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Kentucky Man Finds Family of Bears Sitting in His Car

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Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.

A Kentucky man was in disbelief last week when he saw when he saw what looked like a family of bears packing up for vacation.

Chad Morris, the owner of CMO BarberShop in Owensboro, Kentucky, was visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, when he walked up on a black bear cub behind the wheel of his car. Then, to make matters worse, two more climbed in while the mother stood idly by.

In a Facebook post, he indicated that he thought he was being punked, as the whole situation seemed so ludicrous.

Is this real life.. tell me we are being punked 😳😳😳 🐻🐻🐻🐻 3 bear cubs in my car and the momma just lurking!! #Gatlinburg #Tennessee

Posted by Chad Morris on Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I was telling my friends, ‘I want to see a bear, I want to see a bear,’ you know?” Morris told WYMT.com. “Been lifting weights a little bit, want to see a bear tussle with the bear and it was like well, you get four on one. Now what do you want to do big boy? And I was like, ‘Nah, I’ll pass.'”

Morris was fortunate that the bears luckily didn’t cause all that much damage, although he will have to do some upholstery work waiting for him.

“You can see where the bear took a chunk out of the seat,” he said in the report. “Of course my cup was right in the middle and that’s where they got ahold of the cup.”

While this story is one Morris will surely never forget, he did learn a lesson, as now he always puts his windows up when he parks his car.

What would you do if you walked up to this scene unfolding in your car? I feel like there’s nothing to do except sit back and laugh, although that’s easy to say without bears in my car.

NEXT: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BEAR GETS INTO YOUR CAR

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Facebook: Chad Morris
black bears

Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.

A Kentucky man was in disbelief last week when he saw when he saw what looked like a family of bears packing up for vacation.

Chad Morris, the owner of CMO BarberShop in Owensboro, Kentucky, was visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, when he walked up on a black bear cub behind the wheel of his car. Then, to make matters worse, two more climbed in while the mother stood idly by.

In a Facebook post, he indicated that he thought he was being punked, as the whole situation seemed so ludicrous.

Is this real life.. tell me we are being punked 😳😳😳 🐻🐻🐻🐻 3 bear cubs in my car and the momma just lurking!! #Gatlinburg #Tennessee

Posted by Chad Morris on Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I was telling my friends, ‘I want to see a bear, I want to see a bear,’ you know?” Morris told WYMT.com. “Been lifting weights a little bit, want to see a bear tussle with the bear and it was like well, you get four on one. Now what do you want to do big boy? And I was like, ‘Nah, I’ll pass.'”

Morris was fortunate that the bears luckily didn’t cause all that much damage, although he will have to do some upholstery work waiting for him.

“You can see where the bear took a chunk out of the seat,” he said in the report. “Of course my cup was right in the middle and that’s where they got ahold of the cup.”

While this story is one Morris will surely never forget, he did learn a lesson, as now he always puts his windows up when he parks his car.

What would you do if you walked up to this scene unfolding in your car? I feel like there’s nothing to do except sit back and laugh, although that’s easy to say without bears in my car.

NEXT: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BEAR GETS INTO YOUR CAR

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oembed rumble video here

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Wyoming Wildlife Crossing Funding Uncertain

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When we think of wildlife crossings over or under highways most folks think in terms of saving animals from running a gauntlet of passenger cars, SUV’s, pickups and semi-trucks. However, there is more to the picture. Vehicular collisions with wildlife results in costly property damage, obvious death or severe maiming of wildlife but can cause severe injury or even fatalities to the humans involved as well.

It is with all this in mind that Wyoming and other states have constructed safe passageways for wildlife in key migration and travel corridors throughout the West. In Wyoming alone collisions between animals and vehicles in areas where these crossings now exist have been greatly reduced, by as much as 90% in some locations. While that is a huge win for both Wyoming’s wildlife it’s also a victory for Wyoming motorists. However, funding for construction and maintenance of these crossings is a challenge.

Federal grants that provide funding for these projects often come with the stipulation that states provide some percentage of the project funding. Most often, at least for Wyoming, this percentage must be drawn from the WYDOT general fund and so lawmakers are looking to create alternate means of funding the Federally mandated percentages. There are some interesting proposals on the table from voluntary conservation stamps through fishing and hunting license sales to storage of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors, as the Federal government pays billions to store these away from large population centers.

As it stands a separate fund has not been realized and with more crossings needed and current crossings in need of maintenance, Wyoming is doing its level best to be creative and find a solution to the current funding woes. Here’s to hoping we can drum up the money because the future of our wildlife is greatly enhanced by these strategic crossings.

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When we think of wildlife crossings over or under highways most folks think in terms of saving animals from running a gauntlet of passenger cars, SUV’s, pickups and semi-trucks. However, there is more to the picture. Vehicular collisions with wildlife results in costly property damage, obvious death or severe maiming of wildlife but can cause severe injury or even fatalities to the humans involved as well.

It is with all this in mind that Wyoming and other states have constructed safe passageways for wildlife in key migration and travel corridors throughout the West. In Wyoming alone collisions between animals and vehicles in areas where these crossings now exist have been greatly reduced, by as much as 90% in some locations. While that is a huge win for both Wyoming’s wildlife it’s also a victory for Wyoming motorists. However, funding for construction and maintenance of these crossings is a challenge.

Federal grants that provide funding for these projects often come with the stipulation that states provide some percentage of the project funding. Most often, at least for Wyoming, this percentage must be drawn from the WYDOT general fund and so lawmakers are looking to create alternate means of funding the Federally mandated percentages. There are some interesting proposals on the table from voluntary conservation stamps through fishing and hunting license sales to storage of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors, as the Federal government pays billions to store these away from large population centers.

As it stands a separate fund has not been realized and with more crossings needed and current crossings in need of maintenance, Wyoming is doing its level best to be creative and find a solution to the current funding woes. Here’s to hoping we can drum up the money because the future of our wildlife is greatly enhanced by these strategic crossings.

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Close Encounter with a Velvet Iowa Booner

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