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Lawsuit filed over Colorado Parks predator controls

Lawsuit filed over Colorado Parks predator controls
Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-21 18:26:19-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A conservation group is challenging Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plans to reduce predator numbers outside Rifle and in the Upper Arkansas River Valley in order to help mule deer populations improve.

The Daily Sentinel reports that WildEarth Guardians says it has sued the agency and the commission that oversees it.

Stuart Wilcox, of WildEarth Guardians, says the Colorado agency's plans are not grounded in sound science and violate Colorado's Constitution.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission approved two studies in December that are scheduled to begin this year.

One would remove up to 15 lions and 25 bears a year on the Roan Plateau over three years to see if it boosts fawn survival rates. The other plans increased sport hunting of lions in the Upper Arkansas

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