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Title Manage Gray Wolves In Colorado
Status Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/24/2020
Description

The bill authorizes the management and, if necessary, the
reintroduction of the gray wolf in Colorado pursuant to a plan adopted by
the parks and wildlife commission (commission). The reintroduction is
to begin by December 31, 2025, but the reintroduction is:
  • Postponed until a new source of revenue becomes available

to pay for damages caused by gray wolves; and
  • Canceled if the gray wolf already has a self-sustaining
population in Colorado.
The commission is directed to adopt and periodically update a plan
to reintroduce, recover, and manage gray wolves. The plan must:
  • Use the best scientific data available;
  • Be developed after conducting a public process to solicit
and consider public comments; and
  • Not impose any land-, water-, or resource-use restrictions
on private landowners.
Commercial livestock owners will be entitled to the payment of
damages caused by gray wolves. The commission shall authorize and
finance programs to educate livestock owners regarding the avoidance
and mitigation of damages potentially caused by gray wolves.
In consultation with the department of agriculture, the commission
and division of parks and wildlife shall convene a study group to
consider:
  • How to verify and estimate damages caused by gray
wolves, specifically considering the maintenance of
baseline production records for a period before gray wolf
reintroduction and the use of brand inspectors to verify and
estimate the damages; and
  • How to finance the payment of damages caused by gray
wolves, including specifically one or more new sources of
revenue to pay the damages.
The commission shall submit a report to the general assembly
concerning the results of the study group process by January 1, 2022.

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