The Colorado Prohibited Methods of Taking Wildlife Initiative, also known as Initiative 14, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure prohibited the use of leghold traps, instant-kill body-gripping design traps, poisons or snares. The measure also included several exceptions, such as the use of these methods by certain governmental entities to protect human health or safety or to manage fish or other non-mammalian wildlife.
| Colorado Initiative 14 (1996)|
| Yes|| 752,413|| 52.10%|
Election results via: The Colorado Legislative Council
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|| Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning prohibited methods of taking wildlife, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting the use of leghold traps, instant-kill body-gripping design traps, poisons, or snares; providing an exception for the use of such methods by certain governmental entities for the purpose of protecting human health or safety or managing fish or other non-mammalian wildlife; providing an exception for the use of such methods to control birds or to control rodents other than beaver and muskrat, as otherwise authorized by law; providing an exception for the use of such methods on private property, under certain conditions, to reduce damage to crops or livestock; providing an exception for the use of certain non-lethal snares, traps, or nets to take wildlife for purposes of scientific research, falconry, relocation, or medical treatment under rules of the Colorado Wildlife Commission; providing that the measure shall not apply to the taking of wildlife with firearms, fishing equipment, archery equipment, or other implements in hand as authorized by law; incorporating the current statutory definitions or the terms "taking" and "wildlife"; and requiring the general assembly to enact implementing legislation by May 1, 1997?