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Colorado Senate Bill 167

as passed on 2-24-97

CAPITAL LETTERS indicate new material to be added to existing statute.

Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute.

First Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. 97P0642.01D JLB SENATE BILL 97P167

STATE OF COLORADO

BY SENATORS Hernandez, Ament, Bishop, J. Johnson, Martinez, Phillips, Powers, Rupert, and Wattenberg;

also REPRESENTATIVES Entz, Gordon, Mace, Reeser, and Udall.

AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES & ENERGY REENGROSSED A BILL FOR AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION FOR A STUDY OF CERTAIN HYBRID ANIMALS.

Bill Summary

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not necessarily reflect any amendments which may be subsequently adopted.)

Authorizes the department of agriculture to convene an advisory group to study the behavior of hybrid animals, the extent of the problems resulting from such animals, and the regulations that are necessary to protect state residents and other animal life. The advisory group shall consist of the department, wolfPrefuge owners, hybridPanimal breeders, animalPwelfare agencies, and the agricultural and environmental communities.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

SECTION 1. Title 35, Colorado Revised Statutes, 1995 Repl. Vol., as amended, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW ARTICLE to read:

ARTICLE 81

Hybrid Animals

35P81P101. Legislative declaration. (1) THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HEREBY DETERMINES AND DECLARES THAT:

(a) HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES MAY POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO OTHER ANIMALS AND HUMANS BECAUSE OF THEIR UNPREDICTABLE NATURE;

(b) WOLF HYBRIDS IN PARTICULAR MAY POSE A THREAT TO HUMANS AND HAVE BEEN DECLARED RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING TWO CHILDREN EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES;

(c) TEN STATES PROHIBIT THE BREEDING AND MAINTENANCE OF WOLF HYBRIDS;

(d) MOST HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES ARE ABANDONED OR KILLED WHEN THEY REACH TWO TO THREE YEARS OF AGE AND EXHIBIT THEIR WILD NATURE, AND SOME ULTIMATELY ARE CONTAINED IN HYBRIDPANIMAL REFUGES.

(2) THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FURTHER DETERMINES THAT PROBLEMS CAUSED BY HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES, AND THE LACK OF DEFINITIVE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SAME, WARRANT A STUDY OF:

(a) THE BEHAVIOR OF SUCH ANIMALS;

(b) THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM IN THIS STATE RESULTING FROM OR PROJECTED TO RESULT FROM HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES;

(c) THE REGULATION OF THE BREEDING, CARE, AND MAINTENANCE OF HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES THAT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, WELFARE, AND SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE AND LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMAL LIFE.

35P81P102. Study of hybrid animals. (1) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO APPOINT AND CONVENE AN ADVISORY GROUP TO STUDY THE BEHAVIOR OF HYBRID CANIDS AND FELINES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WOLF HYBRIDS, WHICH STUDY SHALL INCLUDE A REVIEW OF ANY INCIDENTS INVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE AND PERSONAL INJURY CAUSED BY SUCH ANIMALS. THE ADVISORY GROUP SHALL CONSIST OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OR THE COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE, WOLF-REFUGE OWNERS, HYBRID CANID OR FELINE BREEDERS, ANIMALPWELFARE AGENCIES, AND THE AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES.

(2) NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 1998, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PRESENT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES OF REFERENCE WITH A SUMMARY OF ITS FINDINGS, INCLUDING, IF NECESSARY, PROPOSALS FOR LEGISLATION.

(3) FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 35P81P101 AND THIS SECTION, A HYBRID CANID OR FELINE MEANS AN ANIMAL PRODUCED BY BREEDING A WILD CANID OR FELINE WITH A DOMESTIC CANID OR FELINE, AND THAT ANIMAL'S PROGENY. AWOLF HYBRID MEANS AN ANIMAL PRODUCED BY BREEDING A WOLF WITH A DOMESTIC CANINE, AND THAT ANIMAL'S PROGENY.

SECTION 2. No appropriation. The general assembly has determined that this act can be implemented within existing appropriation within the department of agriculture, and therefore no separate appropriation of state moneys is necessary to carry out the purposes of this act.

SECTION 3. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.



Contact Information - Who to write or call to express your opinions to !!!

Web site address for the Colorado legislature : http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html

Write to the Colorado Senator who is responsible for introducing this legislation (and is the person holding numerous press conferences about the legislation):

Senator Rob Hernandez
Colorado State Capitol
200 East Colfax
Denver CO 80203
(303) 866-4865

Call the Senators who co-sponsored this bill
(dial area code 303)

Don Ament
866-4866

Tilman Bishop
866-3077

Joan Johnson
866-4863

Bob Martinez
866-4865

Terry Philips
866-4865

Ray Powers
866-4866

Dorothy Rupert
866-4872

Dave Wattenberg
866-4866

Call the Representatives who co-sponsored this bill
(dial area code 303)

Lewis Entz
866-2963

Ken Gordon
866-2967

Frana Araujo Mace
866-2954

Jeannie Reeser
866-2964

Mark Udall
866-2938

Also write to Suzanne Core. She is a CO lawyer thatdrafted the above bill and is responsible for picking the peopleon the study committee. She claims that she does not want tosee a ban but she has appeared to be anti-hybrid to more than one person.

Suzanne Core, attorney
(303) 659-3171
25 S. 4th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601

Here is the contact information for various wolf and rescue organizationsin Colorado. Darlene Kobobel is involved in this legislation, shetold Dr. Porter that she found out from the county autopsy that theanimals involved in the Colorado Springs fatality were not fed for two weeks. She also told a concerned Colorado citizen that the animal that mauled the boy in the same area was not a hybrid (this is pretty obvious from its photo though).
Both Sinapu and Mission Wolf are anti-hybrid and want a Ban.

Darlene Kobobel
Wolf Rescue Center
Lake George, CO 80827
(719)748-8683

Sinapu
Boulder, CO
(303)447-8655

Prairie Wind Wild Animal Refuge
Agate, CO 80101
(303)621-2304

W.O.L.F.
P O Box 1544
La Porte, CO 80535
(970)416-9531

Annies Orphans
1630 Hwy 314
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-8281

Mission Wolf
P O Box 211
Silver Cliff, CO 81249

I would urge Colorado residents to try and get on the committee by contacting thecommissioner of agriculture who is SUPPOSED to be picking the committee(thats who is named in the bill that passed anyway).
The address and phone are:

Thomas A. Kourlis, Commissioner
700 Kipling St. Suite 4000
Lakewood, CO 80215
PH 303-239-4100
Fax 303-239-4125


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Questions, comments, concerns about SB167 can be addressed via e-mail to Dr. Stephanie Porter (Stephanie.Porter@UCHSC.edu).

This web page was created by Colorado residents and other concerned citizens.
It is maintained as part of:
The Wolf Dunn online resource for information on Hybrid Wolves / Wolfdogs,
Web: http://www.inetdesign.com/wolfdunn/, E-mail: (wolfdunn@inetdesign.com).

All graphic images, Copyright © 1997 Gudrun Fehrer Dunn.


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