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Colorado’s Move to Improve Deer Numbers by Killing Lions and Bears Goes Under the Microscope

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Is Colorado’s plan to increase deer numbers the right approach?

Colorado is planning on removing a large number of bears and mountain lions in a study area to help improve deer numbers. The plan is being questioned by citizens as well as experts from the Humane Society of the United States.


As the news report highlights, since 2006, the number of mule deer in Colorado has decreased from 600,000 to roughly 390,000. The state wants to get that number back up to roughly 560,000.

If the plan is approved, the state would kill roughly 50% of mountain lions in the study area, along with 15 mountain lions and 25 black bears in a 2nd study area.

Critics claim that the plan is unnecessary and that lions and bears aren’t to blame for the low mule deer numbers. What do you think?

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Colorado’s Move to Improve Deer Numbers by Killing Lions and Bears Goes Under the Microscope