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CPW bans wildlife contests for all furbearers


Last updated 5/13/2020 at 2:27pm

David Hannigan

Above, a black-tailed prairie dog suckles her offspring near Bailey, Colo. Left, a group of prairie dogs peek out of their burrow.

AURORA – With a vote of 8-3, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a ban on organized wildlife contests during its virtual meeting May 7. The decision prohibits contests for black-tailed, white-tailed and Gunnison's prairie dogs, Wyoming (Richardson's) ground squirrels and all furbearer species. The estimated effective date of this ban is June 30, 2020.

The motion was the result of a process that began at the November 2019 Commission meeting in Wray, when the Commission directed CPW staff to provide information about how other state wildlife agencies regulated such contests....

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