April 19th, 2019
Greetings Trappers, Hunters, Outfitters, Ranchers, Anglers,
The Citizen’s Petition to ban the harvesting of Bobcats is
scheduled to be heard on May 9th, 2019 at the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife Commission Meeting in Grand Junction at 765 Horizon Drive, the
Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
While we are looking for substantial attendance from the
Sportsman community we are not asking for a bunch of personal testimony as we
have most of all of that in place.
Testimony will be limited anyway as the Chairman of the Commission has
asked us and the opposition to strategize and coordinate testimony to not only
facilitate the conversation but also to expedite the process without being
redundant, disrespectful and possibly confusing to the process.
The Petitioner, Prairie Protection Colorado, Wildearth
Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society of the United States
are indicating they will be there in force.
We need the same response!
We need people to show up and oppose the petition by a sign of unity
and solidarity. We are recommending
to show up early and plan on the majority of the day. We need to politely and respectfully take up
space and seats. This is not just a
Bobcat issue. It is a Wildlife
Management issue. There are many topics
of discussion surrounding Wildlife Management that are on the horizon. This is only the beginning. The outcome of this can and will set the tone
for other things down the road.
If you are not able to attend this meeting, please write a
letter to the Parks and Wildlife Commission and make sure you carbon copy every
Commissioner. This is imperative! The
Commissioners email addresses are listed below.
Chairman John Howard, email@example.com
Vice Chairman Michelle Zimmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary James Vigil, email@example.com
Taishya Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Bray, email@example.com
Charles Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Haskett, email@example.com
Carrie Hauser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marvin McDaniel, email@example.com
Luke Schafer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eden Vardy, email@example.com
Please be respectful, direct and concise about your concerns
of Professional Wildlife Management and the need for science based decisions
and ask them to oppose the Petition.
Whether you are a trapper, elk hunter, duck hunter, predator
hunter, fisherman, outfitter, rancher, this is your fight!
If we can not put up a solid defense to show that we will
not stand idle, the mortar of our community will begin to crumble. Today’s politics and people minded agendas
threaten our very way of life.
Dozens of organizations have already come together and
pledged support. Yesterday’s Sportsman’s
Day at the Capitol was a huge success where we fed almost 300 people from the
Capitol a Wild Game Luncheon. Many of
those organizations and their members were present as well. They are all willing to support in opposing
this petition, whether it be in person, through their letter writing campaigns
or through signon letters.
The line has been drawn in the sand. We need to make sure that we brush it out and
move it the other direction.
The main coordination efforts on this issue are from the
Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management and the Colorado Trappers and
Predator Hunters Association. We welcome
and ask for all support. We are in a new
age with many misconceptions about what we do and how we do it in the Sportsmen
community and we need to figure out a way to right the ship and defend what is
so important to all of us. We are not
each others enemies, the wolf is at the door and it is up to us to set the tone
by defeating the Bobcat issue.
The entire petition can be obtained by going to
Coloradotrapper.com where it can viewed and or printed. You can also go the Colorado Parks &
Wildlife Website at cpw.state.co.us. Go
to the About Us page. Go to the
Commission page. Go to the Meetings
Page. You can find it for the May
meeting. This way you have 2 venues to
find it on.
Once again, we plead for your participation. It is up to us. We have no one to blame but ourselves if we
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” Teddy
Dan Gates, President
View original letter here:https://houstonsafariclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Sportsmans-Followup-Ltr-Bobcat-Petition-4-19-19.pdf