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Colorado's Controversial Plan to Kill Predators

posted Feb 8, 2017, 2:07 PM by chloe owens

1/17/17, by Anna V. Smith, High Country News

Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators

…Anderson says the Basin’s mule deer population has dropped by 40-50 percent. “Mule deer throughout the West have experienced decline during the same times as here,”…Western states, where oil and gas extraction and housing development have put more and more pressure on wildlife populations…the latest proposal has already created controversy: killing cougars and bears…Critics argue that the primary cause of the deer decline is massive habitat loss, rather than predation, and says that Colorado Park and Wildlife’s own research supports that thesis. The agency’s studies seem like a thinly veiled attempt to appease hunters and blame predators rather than development…