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Colorado DNR/Governor/DOW Fiasco

Does anyone have opinions on the criticism of the governor and the dnr head by current and former DOW employees?

Here are some links at the DPO:
Wildlife experts blast Owens

Heed Div. of Wildlife critics

I'm troubled by the accusations that the DNR head at the behest of Owens has been changing DOW biologists reports. Particularly regarding the White River and the offical reasons on the decline in Mule Deer. Wildlife management is hard enough without having the governor's spinmasters changing offical DOW positions.

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Colorado DNR/Governor/DOW Fiasco

In an ideal world, politics wouldn't enter into any of the decisions made regarding game management--only sound wildlife biology. Of course, we all know that this isn't an ideal world, and there isn't a wildlife dept. anywhere in this country that isn't affected by politics to some extent. The only question is, to what extent?

It looks like it may have been to a very great extent in some cases, here in Colorado. That is unfortunate. I hope that the accusations turn out to be untrue, or at least exaggerated. If not, then I hope that the guilty parties get all of the criticism they deserve.

At the very least, the publicity surrounding this should help to hold down the politicking at the DOW for a while.

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Colorado DNR/Governor/DOW Fiasco

I understand that politics has to play a role. Heck I even understand that hunters aren't the only ones who use the outdoors and not everything will cater to us and the critters we chase. (Even though I'd like them too) But asking someone to change the truth (asking the biologist to change his report on mule deer decline) to further an agenda is in my mind a serious alogation and wrong if its really happening.

Politics is all about agendas and thats understandable but lying is wrong on any playing field. I've often suspected the DWR here in Utah of inflating printed game numbers so they can sell more tags and get more revenue. Before I dismissed it thinking they would never do that, now this puts that little bit of doubt in my mind. Just goes to show you never know for sure who the good guys are.

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The dnr head and the governor have the right to state their opinions on the issues. They just don't have to right to rework the biologist reports to fit their opinions.

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