This past week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designate the southern Rockies as an experimental population, which could help pave the way for a possible wolverine reintroduction in Colorado.
Although this would not lead to a total protection status under the ESA, it is a monumental step to bringing back to Colorado one of the most powerful and prestigious animals in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Wolverines have been one of the animals hardest hit by climate change, and would be the second endangered species, after the polar bear, to face extinction due to the melting of snow and ice from climate change.
Colorado is a natural breeding ground, with its high peaks and long lasting deep snow pack that will allow the wolverine to thrive. When M56, the designation for the male wolverine, crossed over from Wyoming into Colorado in 2009, it marked a historic natural reintroduction of a predator that had been absent from the state for more than 90 years, and deserves to be once again roaming free in one of its natural habitat, the Colorado Rockies.
Please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and tell them you strongly support this proposal to bring the wolverine back to Colorado, and back home where they belong.
gun control resolution
Two of the three Jefferson County commissioners recently agreed to send our state and federal lawmakers a resolution that purportedly represents the sentiments of the nearly 600,000 residents of Jefferson County in regard to gun control legislation. This proposal was drafted by Commissioner Don Rosier and first presented at the commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 26. It was not linked with their meeting agenda online for citizens to review.
The Jefferson County League of Women Voters testified at the commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 5, objecting to this lack of transparency in government, the need for better accountability to residents and the importance of soliciting citizen input on such a controversial issue.
The League of Women Voters believes that limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semiautomatic weapons is necessary to protect the health and safety of citizens. We take exception with this resolution stating that neither the U.S. Congress nor the Colorado General Assembly should entertain consideration of any new legislation for any aspect of gun control, claiming any action would infringe on Second Amendment rights.
The resolution justifies its cause by claims such as “… tyrants have recognized that a disarmed population is readily dominated,” and further claiming that gun control laws implicitly assume the guilt of lawful firearms owners. The resolution urges Congress to reject international treaties, including those with the United Nations, which might stand in the way of restricting firearms access, sale and ownership. The resolution also cites a study from the Centers for Disease Control claiming gun control doesn’t reduce crime. We note that Congress, responding to pressure from the NRA and Gun Owners of America, forbade the CDC from receiving funding for researching gun violence in 1990, basically shutting it down.
In our opinion, this resolution – which is confrontational in nature — does not reflect the majority view of the people in our county. As one citizen expressed in public testimony, Jefferson County is now a “purple” county, with equal representation of all party affiliations and approaches to governing, and this is a “deep red resolution.” League objects to many parts of this resolution, especially its accusatory tone with no willingness to consider any new approaches to solving the tragic violent nature of our society. As Commissioner Griffin said, “This resolution says we won’t listen to anything new.” What a sad document to present to our state legislature and the U.S. Congress from our county.
Ann Taylor Roux
President of League of Women Voters of Jefferson County