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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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) sp​e​cies conservation and wildlife reintr​​oduction 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 o​f 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.​

​​​​​Featured Project

The Colorado Highway 9 Wildlife Crossing Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and many other partners, recently implemented Colorado’s first-of-its-kind wildlife overpass and underpass system on Highway 9 between Green Mountain Reservoir and Kremmling. This innovative solution to keeping wildlife off a busy road resulted in a 90 percent reduction in wildlife-vehicle collisions in the first year. Learn more.

Conservation Spotlight​​

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North American Model
of Wildlife Conservation