Guv promises help keeping wolves at bay

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tours West Star Avation Saturday afternoon.

Gov. John Hickenlooper received a standing ovation in Grand Junction after a speech that included him saying he would help keep wolves out of Colorado if that’s what residents want.

Hickenlooper’s whirlwind tour Saturday of Grand Junction and Montrose included stops at Partners, West Star Aviation at Grand Junction Regional Airport and at the annual meeting of the Colorado Outfitters Association.

At the end of a short speech for the Outfitters Association, Hickenlooper fielded a question about what he would do if wolves started spreading into Colorado.

“I’m your governor. If you think wolves are bad, I will certainly work hard to keep wolves at bay,” he told the crowd of about 50 outfitters from across Colorado.

Chris Jurney, vice president of the Outfitters Association, said after the meeting that wolves moving into Colorado do pose a threat to the outfitters industry.

The predators attack the same game that outfitters rely on to provide hunting excursions and opportunities. Jurney, who lives in northwest Colorado, said he was pleased with the governor’s remarks.

“It sounds like he’s on the same page,” Jurney said.

“Wolves do have a place in our environment,” Jurney added. “In our industry, the question is: How many can we have with limited resources?”

Hickenlooper also was praised by outfitters for saving money and combining the Division of Wildlife and state parks into one agency: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


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