Humanitarian actions have always been promoting safe conditions for animals of all types and species. However, this time, the situation is more complicated than ever. The natural order is making mule deer succumb to threats at a faster pace than before. Authorities are aware of the situation, and they have just decided whether to interfere in the natural order or not. The votes were in favor of the interference.
As of this week, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission gave the green light to legal additional efforts of hunting mountain lions and black bears. With this directive, the organization intends to lower the number of predators. This way, the mule deer population within the state of Colorado will not be in danger of extinction anymore.
The spring of 2017 will be the beginning of this new plan. The state will deploy its wildlife crews to seize and kill 25 black bears and 15 mountain lions annully. These cases will be extra kills in addition to the usual legal hunting expeditions. The operation will repeat itself for three consecutive years and will take place in one region near Rifle and another one near Salida.
The officials also announced that a fund of $435,000 would be redirected to a nine-year study. The research has to document the link between the density of mountain lion population and the density of mule deer population. Eventually, the expenses for the whole operation of managing the wildlife population will cost around $4.5 million.
The main reason that started this new direction is the concern about the mule deer population. The officials noticed a worrisome decrease in number that reached only 450,000 animals. This number is 110,000 short from what it was supposed to be.
There was a study regarding this particular matter in 2014. The paper discovered that there were seven factors that accelerated the drop in mule deer population. Among these, there are the predators which grew in number because of less severe winters. However, the opposition sees these killing operations illogical. They are of the opinion that authorities should focus on restricting the hunting licenses first. Anyone with a legal permit can hunt down mule deer each year. For example, 2015 saw 34,000 cases of mule deer killed by men, according to the Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The official decision has a controversial nature. The world of biologists has been stirred by the upcoming plan regarding the limitation of predator wildlife. For the moment, the authorities are categorical about their decision and will proceed with it next year.
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