Aron, Harold, and Frank discuss the affects the spring Black Bear hunting ban has had in Colorado.
DENVER, Colorado: During the 1992 general election, Colorado voters approved Issue 10 which prohibited the hunting of black bears. Now the Colorado General Assembly is considering a bill that would repeal the 19-year-old law. The formal title of the repeal measure is House Bill 1294, which is being sponsored by State Representative J. Paul Brown. Brown argued, “There are more and more human-bear conflicts around the state. It’s a health and safety issue.”
A House committee planned to consider the bill on April 18, 2011.
HB 1294, according to reports, is drawing criticism from animal rights advocates, who are stating that black bear cubs would be left orphaned if the law was overturned and hunting of the animal was resumed.
The repeal would not overturn the part of the voter-approved measure that banned the use of dogs and bait in hunting black bears.
The language appeared on the ballot as:
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes to prohibit the taking of black bears by the use of bait or dogs at any time, and to prohibit the taking of black bears by any means between March 1 and September 1 of any calendar year, and subjecting violators to misdemeanor penalties and a loss of hunting privileges?
Colorado Initiative 10 (1992)
Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History