Colorado's most endangered species may be the water buffalo.
If Amendment 52 passes Nov. 4, that noble beast will be close to extinction. And thousands of jobs and much of the Western lifestyle that lured so many of us to Colorado in the first place will vanish with it.
Environmental groups have joined ranks with the water buffaloes to fight against drying up Colorado's farms and ranches and the open space and wildlife habitat they provide. Ducks Unlimited, Audubon Colorado, the Colorado Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and other green groups have entered the fray.
Yet, the outcome remains in doubt. There are so many issues on this year's ballot that the water and environmental communities fear Amendment 52 could slip through.