The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission recently voted 11-0 to deny the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) petition to ban box-cage trapping thanks to opposition from a wide range of national and state sportsmen and agriculture groups that included the Sportsmen’s Alliance. This is the third-consecutive year a petition has gone before the commission and the third time it has been rejected.
In 1996, a ballot initiative in Colorado amended the state constitution to outlaw recreational trapping and banned all traps, including live cage traps. Ten years later, in 2006, sportsmen in Colorado scored a major victory when the Colorado Wildlife Commission voted to open a recreational cage-trapping season for bobcats and furbearers. The denial of this petition will ensure well-regulated cage trapping can continue in the state.
“Colorado has a troubled history of undermining the role regulated trapping plays in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Pushing back against the animal-rights lobby is necessary to protect and preserve the future of wildlife conservation and the future of our beloved pursuits.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.