PLNR-19-4-Guiding Principles: Wildlife Management

WHEREAS the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is appointed by the Governor to oversee the management of Colorado’s wildlife populations through the work of Colorado Parks and Wildlife; and

WHEREAS the management of Colorado’s diverse and abundant wildlife populations is highly complex and requires that management decisions be based on the recommendations of professionally-trained wildlife managers who, in turn, base their recommendations on accurate and complete biological and scientific information obtained through long-term data collection; and

WHEREAS some species are managed by federal agencies due to their migratory status and effective joint management tools may need to be explored; and

WHEREAS recreational hunting and habitat preservation and active management are critical and effective wildlife management tools; and

WHEREAS the growth in Colorado’s human population will result in additional pressure on wildlife habitat due to continued development of wildland urban interface (WUI) acres, privately owned land will be increasingly involved in wildlife management issues and decisions; and

WHEREAS predator management is often emotionally charged but continues to be a management tool that needs consideration; and

WHEREAS Colorado Parks and Wildlife management programs receive no general fund tax dollars, but are supported primarily by sportsmen and women via purchase of hunting and fishing licenses; and

WHEREAS recreational hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing are important economic drivers for the Western Colorado economy; and

WHEREAS culturally, hunting and fishing provide important sources of food for some in our communities.


  • Supports recreational hunting and habitat management as critical management tools available to maintain the science-based CPW population objectives; and
  • Recognizes that wildlife management is a matter of science and fact, and is the professional obligation and responsibility of the State of Colorado and the CPW, and opposes any ballot measure which would usurp the wildlife management responsibilities of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission; and
  • Supports acknowledgement and inclusion of private landowners and sportsmen and women in wildlife management, planning and decision making; and
  • Supports decision-making based on scientific input from CPW managers on wildlife management issues; and
  • Supports wildlife management outreach and education designed to ensure public trust that can reduce non-productive, emotionally based, non-scientific driven proposals; and
  • Supports cooperative agreements between federal and state agencies to manage migratory species e.g. Turkey Vultures.

Incorporates and replaces the following resolutions:

PLNR 09-1, Grazing Permits, Ensuring Compliance with NEPA

PLNR 09-2, Wildlife Management

Adopted 9/21/19


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