Endangered Species - Statement of Policy - Colorado

The general assembly finds and declares that it is the policy of this state to manage all nongame wildlife, recognizing the private property rights of individual property owners, for human enjoyment and welfare, for scientific purposes, and to ensure their perpetuation as members of ecosystems(,)that species or subspecies of wildlife indigenous to this state which may be found to be endangered or threatened within the state should be accorded protection in order to maintain and enhance their numbers to the extent possible; that this state should assist in the protection of species or subspecies of wildlife which are deemed to be endangered or threatened elsewhere and that adequate funding be made available to the division annually by appropriations from the general fund.

Citation: C.R.S.A. § 33-2-102.


(c) It is the intent of the general assembly for the commission to make the rules of this state conform to or be more stringent than the provisions of the “Migratory Bird Treaty Act”, as amended, and the “Endangered Species Act of 1973”, as amended. These rules may include, but not be limited to, captive breeding and the use of domestic captive bred raptors and the purchase, sale, transportation, importation, exportation, or exchange of raptors with persons having like licenses.

Citation: C.R.S.A. § 33-1-115.

(1)(a) The general assembly hereby declares that wildlife species which are endangered, threatened with extinction, or not commonly pursued, killed, or consumed either for sport or profit, referred to in this part 7 as “nongame wildlife”, have need of special protection and that it is in the public interest to preserve, protect, perpetuate, and enhance nongame wildlife resources of this state through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. The general assembly specifically recognizes that such nongame wildlife includes protected wildlife, endangered and threatened wildlife, aquatic wildlife, specialized habitat wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic types, and mollusks, crustaceans, and other invertebrates under the jurisdiction of the division of parks and wildlife...

Citation: C.R.S.A. § 39-22-701

(1) Legislative declaration. The general assembly hereby recognizes the importance of conserving native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, or are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service. The general assembly hereby declares and determines that the Colorado department of natural resources and the division of parks and wildlife are responsible for the development, implementation, or approval of appropriate programs to address the conservation of such species and for negotiating agreements with federal agencies and other states to avoid regulatory conflicts pursuant to section 24-33-103...

Citation: C.R.S.A. § 24-33-111.