An experimental plan to allow the trapping and euthanizing of bears and mountain lions has been approved in Colorado.
A controversial predator control plan has finally been approved in Colorado. The experimental plan is aimed at growing the deer population in the state.
Officials believe bears and mountain lions are preying on deer in the state. For that reason, state officials have decided to spend $4.5 million on what are being called experimental methods to reduce their population. If successful, the population of these predators should decrease while the deer population grows.
Members of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission believe in the experimental plan. The group recently voted and unanimously approved the proposal. Some members of the community, however, do not feel the same way. The experimental plan drew much criticism from animal rights activists.
The Humane Society is one of those groups who oppose the measures. Joining them are members of the community as well as scientists from Colorado State University. The group argues that bears and mountain lions are being threatened by the very agency charged to care for them. Opponents also believe the agency is caving to the interests of hunters over the wellbeing of the animals.
The plan expands existing hunting methods and allows for the trapping of bears and mountain lions. Upon capture, all of the animals are to be shot.
Game and Parks, Department of Natural Resources, and other Fish and Wildlife agencies are often looked at to make difficult decisions. Balancing species population is a difficult task. How do you feel about the the proposed measures?