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Colorado Wildlife Commission Adopts Wolf Management Plan

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Colorado Wildlife Commission Adopts Wolf Management Plan

I'm pleased to see a concensus in Colorado on wolf management. However until the USFWS turns over management and control to the individual states, all this talk won't even matter.

I'm disturbed that the feds are ruling against individual states for management control of the wolves. Its time for individual states to manage them as they see fit. We didn't ask for the wolves, now they're here and we should have the right to manage them.

For more info on the Colorado wolf recommendations:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/species_cons/graywolf/index.asp

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Colorado Wildlife Commission Adopts Wolf Management Plan

I agree, cowgal. What this group did is good, but may end up being pointless if the feds don't recognize that the states need to have some say-so in how wildlife is managed within their state.

The problem, of course, is how do you distribute the authority? What if some state decides that the way they're going to manage endangered species within their state is just to kill them all? Obviously, that would not be acceptable. Yet at the same time, within certain constraints, the state should be the one defining the management plan.

There is no easy answer here, but I am glad that Colorado is at least making an effort to be proactive.

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Colorado Wildlife Commission Adopts Wolf Management Plan

I'm not sure what you mean about the feds not wanting to turn over management. They tried in 2003 and a judge in Oregon struck down the idea in January 05. The feds may be slow, but the reality is, it's expensive to manage wolves, and they would rather let the states bear the costs(with some money from the feds of course).

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Okay, my recollection of that case (vague at best, I admit) was that the feds tried to say that the state had to cough up all of the money, but still had to follow all of the federal standards for their programs. What's called an "unfunded mandate," in other words. The court said, nope, if you feds want to make the rules then you have to pay the bills.

What I would like to see is some sort of high-level federal standards that insure a certain degree of protection for endangered species, but also leave the states plenty of room to implement their own plan in their own way.