Thanks to Conservation Programs, Colorado’s Fish and Wildlife Thrive
Colorado boasts some of the most diverse and abundant wildlife populations in North America. Since the state is home to an astonishing 960 wildlife species, it's easy to assume that Colorado’s fish and wildlife have always flourished. However, many of the state’s most cherished and iconic species prosper today only because of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) species conservation and wildlife reintroduction programs.
In Colorado, hunters and anglers fund more than 70 percent of CPW’s wildlife management programs.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) does not receive general tax dollars to fund its wildlife conservation programs. In accordance with the model known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC), hunters and anglers provide the primary source of funding for all state wildlife conservation programs in the United States by purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and habitat stamps.
Additionally, this funding model includes federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, firearms and ammunition. This generates millions of dollars for conservation programs that benefit both game and nongame species. Lynx, moose, black-footed ferrets, turkeys, elk and deer are just a few examples of species that have benefited from the NAMWC.
No other conservation model in history has had greater positive impacts on wildlife. Its success is the reason Colorado is home to some of the most abundant and diverse wildlife populations in the world.