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Feb 19 2016

Colorado turns cold shoulder to endangered wolves

Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners’ stance opposing release of wolves complicates federal push to prevent wolf extinction By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Trevor Starr holds his sign in support of the introduction of wolves into Colorado at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices on January 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Protesters for and against a resolution to ban any introduction of wolves into Colorado, mainly the Mexican wolf. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post) (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post) Colorado wildlife commissioners took a stand Wednesday night opposing the release of wolves in the state, overriding a blitz by pro-wolf groups pressing for ecological benefits of predators. Colorado’s new posture represents a pre-emptory challenge to court-ordered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to save wolves, an endangered species. Cattle and sheep industry leaders backed the resolution — commissioners voted 7-4 — banning release of both Mexican wolves and gray wolves. Colorado still has a policy that it will take care of any wolf that wanders into the state on its own. The issue is intentionally releasing them. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners said they wanted to support Gov. John Hickenlooper, who on Nov. 13 joined governors of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico in a letter telling Interior Secretary Sally Jewell they oppose Mexican wolf recovery efforts on land where Mexican wolves historically did not exist. That likely includes parts of southwestern Colorado that federal biologists are considering as habitat. “This does not represent Coloradans. It does not serve Colorado,” WildEarth Guardians biologist Taylor Jones said. “And it is un-necessarily antagonistic to wolf recovery.” Federal officials declined to comment. They’re not required to seek state blessings as they develop a Mexican wolf recovery plan by the end of 2017 to prevent extinction. Hickenlooper’s concern was “with their process in developing a recovery plan,” spokeswoman Kathy Green said. That concern is separate, she said, from resolutions state parks and wildlife commissioners considered. “We are pro wildlife,” state spokesman Matt Robbins said before commissioners heard from both sides. But pro-wolf demonstrators doubted that, carrying signs and howling in front of commissioners’ facilities in Denver. “We should kick out cattle. Wolves belong here,” said Kia Bridges of the Boulder Rad-ish Collective. “If you bring back a predator, it puts an ecosystem back the way it is supposed to be. It would get prey animals moving.” Sierra Club regional wildlife team leader Delia Malone argued that “Colorado needs wolves and wolves need Colorado.” The Sierra Club proposed an alternative resolution: that Colorado should invite introduction of Mexican wolves and re-introduction of gray wolves on habitat in the state. Colorado Cattlemen vice president Terry Fankhauser supported the state stance. “Colorado is not appropriate wolf habitat,” Fankhauser said. “Our human population is too high. And the deer population here is not robust enough to support wolves, which would drive them to eat livestock and pets.” Bruce Finley: 303-954-1700, bfinley@denverpost.com or @finleybruce
Feb 19 2016

NMDA 2016 requests for livestock scale inspections

NMDA 2016 requests for livestock scale inspections will be accepted through March 31, 2016. These requests can be completed several different ways:

  • • via NMDA website, http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/
  • • phone call to 575-646-1616
  • • mail: Standards and Consumer Services, MSC 3170, Box 30005, Las Cruces, NM 88003
  • • fax: 575-646-2361 .

The initial inspection during our scheduled program will be at NO CHARGE provided the request is received by the March 31, 2016 deadline. However, a fee will be charged based on the current Fees for Weights and Measures Services schedule IF:

  • • the request for inspection is received after the March 31 deadline. • you need your scale inspected before the time we have it scheduled. • you request an additional inspection in the same calendar year.
  • • re-inspection is requested of a scale previously inspected during 2016 with results as “No Test” because of a dirty beam box/house with excessive rodent nests or droppings.
  • • re-inspection is requested of a scale that was previously inspected and rejected during inspection year 2016.
  • • you are unable to have scale ready for inspection when inspector is in the area. If you have sold or leased your property, please forward this information to the new owner/operator or have the new owner notify this office.

If you know of anyone with scales that may need to be inspected, please ask them to contact the department for information on our Livestock Scale Inspection Program.

If you have any questions regarding our Livestock Scale Inspection Program, contact Raymond Johnson at (575) 646-1616, rjohnson@nmda.nmsu.edu. 2016 Livestock Scale Inspection Program

Public Service Announcement REQUESTED LIVESTOCK SCALES WILL BE INSPECTED ON A ROUTINE BASIS BETWEEN APRIL 1 AND DECEMBER 31, 2016 IT WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DEVICE OWNER TO REQUEST AN INSPECTION

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