Survey shows few people want cat’s numbers cut |

Survey shows few people want cat’s numbers cut

Despite concern about growing conflicts between humans and lions, few Coloradans want to see the predator’s numbers reduced in the state.A survey conducted about a year ago found only 7 percent of residents wanted to see the lion population decrease, said Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton.Thirty-eight percent of residents want to see more lions in Colorado over the next five years, and 41 percent want the animal’s numbers to stay the same.”Just because they’re seeing more lions doesn’t mean they want fewer of them,” Hampton said.Thirty-three percent think lion numbers have held steady over the last five years, and 28 percent think the population has increased.Hampton said the biggest concern Coloradans have about lions is pet safety. Fourteen percent have at least a slight concern that their pets might be attacked, while 12 percent are at least slightly concerned about being attacked themselves.Forty-seven percent support hunting of lions and 41 percent are opposed.”Those opposed are more likely to feel strongly about the issue,” Hampton said.Hampton said the lion data is based on 1,300 surveys received by the DOW. He said 336 were from urban areas, 386 from rural ones, and 576 from suburban ones, which would include areas such as Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, he said.- Dennis Webb

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