by Charles Whitwam
· October 13, 2023 12:14 PM
PROPOSED COLORADO BALLOT INITIATIVE WOULD BAN ALL MOUNTAIN LION AND BOBCAT HUNTING
Why it Matters:The use of ballot initiatives to restrict or ban hunting circumvents the legislative and regulatory process that allows for input by professionals, opportunities for revisions, and considerations of broader impacts within the state’s overall science-based management plan. These initiatives can allow wildlife management decisions to be made based on emotion rather than scientific principles and can tie the hands of professional wildlife managers by restricting adaptive tools and methods necessary to achieve balanced and thriving ecosystems.