Club 20 plans to keep bear issue on record
Bears need not fret, but Club 20 doesn’t want to forget that it opposed an effort nearly 20 years ago to outlaw the spring bear hunt.
Club 20, the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization, opted Friday to reiterate its support for professional wildlife management for bear and other wildlife populations.
Club 20 did the same thing in 1991, but to little avail, as voters in 1992 adopted a state constitutional amendment that banned the spring bear hunt.
Critics said the hunt was cruel because it left cubs to die as their mothers were killed by hunters.
Club 20 isn’t gearing up to restart that debate, said Marianna Raftopoulos, chairwoman of the organization’s natural-resources committee. But it does want the record to be clear.
Committee members were reminded of the issue this winter as they got ready to eliminate obsolete positions.
Club 20 decided it should keep its position on record and in the institutional memory, Raftopoulos said.
But no, Raftopoulos reassured other Club 20 members, the organization has no intention of rousing the issues from hibernation and trying to reverse the 1992 election.
“It’s historic,” she said, and people should be aware of the original position “if the subject comes up again.”
Club 20, also voted to oppose $80 billion in new taxes on energy and related industries.
The organization today will hear from Gov. Bill Ritter at noon as its spring meeting continues at Two Rivers Convention Center.