(April 22) – Two measures dealing with encouraging Colorado’s wildlife passed the House today.
SB13-188, sponsored in the House by Reps. Ed Vigil (D-Alamosa) and Bob Rankin (R-Glenwood Springs), passed by a vote of 63 to one and increases the number of big game hunting licenses to agricultural landowners. This is all to increase the tolerance of landowners for higher wildlife populations and encourage them to see the benefits of wildlife.
“Colorado’s wildlife depends on private land for habitat,” Rep. Vigil said. “Because of this program, landowners tolerate more wildlife and we have more big game animals in Colorado, which means more opportunities for hunters across the state.”
SB13-175, sponsored in the House by Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Mike McLachlan (D-Durango), extends the Habitat Stamp Program that provides the bulk of the funding for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Protection Program and allows the agency to leverage various other funding sources. The bill passed the House by a vote of 41 to 23.
“This successful program helps Colorado landowners keep their land in agricultural production and provides access for hunting and fishing,” Rep. McLachlan said.
The program was created in 2005 and requires anyone who purchases a hunting or fishing license in Colorado to pay for an annual $10 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp.
“This is one of Colorado’s most important conservation programs,” Rep. Hamner said. “This is uniquely Colorado, and we understand how important it is to keep our land healthy, protect our habitat and continue to encourage agricultural production and recreational benefits.”