With the reintroduction of wolves in Colorado due on the fall ballot, and with surveyed support for the measure preliminarily strong, we are not surprised to see more push-back (“Western Slope lawmaker tries to pump brakes on wolf reintroduction,” Jan. 26). State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, is advancing a bill that she hopes will lead to wolf-reintroduction advocates pulling their measure off the ballot. She offers a promise that state lawmakers can achieve similar and better aims, which they never sought before, using their deliberative process.
If this sounds like Lucy with the football, or “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” it seems to have the same ring to Rob Edwards of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund.
Wolf champions intend to move ahead with a vote on possibly releasing 30 wolves a year for three years, Edwards said, to eventually yield, with natural increase, somewhere around 500 wolves calling the Western Slope home. And they will not support Donovan’s bill: “We have a very clear vision for what reintroduction looks like,” he said. “Accepting ambiguity is not ... a good way forward.”
So far, wolves on the ballot are unstoppable. Perhaps both sides instead should focus on their campaigns, where there are cases yet to be made.