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NYT best-selling author throws BIG money at Colorado wolf ballot proposal

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The push to allow Colorado voters to decide on the fate of wolves within the state has some new money behind it. Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur, social media influencer and New York Times best-selling author, has offered a $100,000 matching challenge to listeners of his podcast for the Colorado wolf restoration initiative, reports.

Ferriss, an expert interviewer, discussed the topic with biologist Mike Phillips who served as one of two lead biologists during the wolf reintroduction efforts in Yellowstone National Park. During the interview, Phillips talked about how his “long-time focus” has been on “restoring wolves to the hunting grounds of their ancestors in Southern Colorado.” According to Phillips, this restoration effort would “finally reconnect wolf populations from the high Arctic, all the way south to Mexico,” according to

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As goHUNT has previously reported, a ballot proposal was submitted to Colorado’s state title board in April by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund in an effort to allow voters to decide whether wolves should return to the state. Their goal is to have the initiative approved for the state ballot for 2020. Historically, wolf restoration efforts follow federal protocol with state wildlife managers going through the required steps outlined by the Endangered Species Act. Using voters to determine wildlife management is a new strategy.

Impressed by Phillips’s passion for this topic and project, Ferriss threw his support—and money—into one of the most controversial debates circulating in the West. And, with Ferriss’s support, there’s the possibility that the wolf restoration project will gather even more interest and financial backing. According to, Ferriss is an angel investor and once raised $250,000 in under an hour to invest in Shyp by forming a syndicate on AngelList. Towards the end of the interview, Ferriss noted that “he picks his shots very, very carefully” and referred to the Colorado wolf restoration initiative as an “Archimedes Lever.”

The podcast is available here.

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Arron J. - posted 6 months ago on 09-10-2019 08:58:31 am

This is what wildlife management in the West has come down to, a t-shirt so a millennial blogger can look cool to his New York friends and twitter followers. I actually think its that simple. Americans in New York want to be bad asses, so they wear a t-shirt with a wolf on it (we used to mock people that wore wolf t-shirts, but corduroy bell bottom pants are also cyclical), or come to Yellowstone to snap a shot of a grizzly or wolf from their car and post it on Instagram for the likes. Its all about creating the perception your bad ass by snapping pictures from the safety of your car or New York podcast studio.

The real bad asses are the guys and gals that live in the west everyday, keep going in sleet, snow, and rain in frigid temps, hike ten miles in for weeks at a time cutting grizzly and wolf tracks, gut out an elk alone looking over their shoulder wondering if a grizzly is coming in down wind.

Tim Ferris and eastern US Instagram influencers can wear a wolf t-shirt all day long , it doesn't make them anything more than they are, woke phonies.

Nick B. - posted 6 months ago on 09-10-2019 06:54:19 am
Atascadero, CA

When will people understand we should not use politics to make wildlife conservation and management decisions? Additionally, you can't re-introduce wolves when they have already re-introduced themselves.

jerry f. - posted 6 months ago on 09-09-2019 08:57:58 pm
Westerville, Ohio

Just got back from Idaho, near Salmon I've hunted the basin for 10 years, where you can see a history of of old elk camps where people packed in to hunt it. Numerous old camps. They introduced the wolves in the 90's so these camps started to disappear due to the dwindling numbers of elk and then guys like me hunted it for the opportunity in a place where you could see a few elk. Last two trips we saw little or any sign and no animals. Won't be going back. What are the Fish and game departments going to do when hunter revenue dries up? Sell post cards of wolves? Both ends of the predator prey relationship needs to managed. You just can't introduce predators, protect them and hope for the best.

Chris M. - posted 6 months ago on 09-09-2019 07:08:44 am

The hunting public and other citizens concerned about deer and elk populations need to band together to oppose this. I live in Oregon, where we now have wolves. In the short amount of time here, the effects are staggering, and the conflict with ranchers was felt almost immediately. Introducing wolves back into any state has nothing to do with wildlife; "in my opinion" it has to do with an agenda of control. Once the numbers of wildlife; "elk and deer" are reduced to a point that there are not enough to hunt, then they have fulfilled their agenda; "to control hunting" On another note what I have personally witnessed in Yellowstone Park. My first trip there was in 1993, lots of elk and deer, my last trip with the family was in 2009, and we saw more wolves than elk!

Paul T. - posted 6 months ago on 09-09-2019 06:16:12 am

So first he introduces a non native invasive species into Yellowstone and now gets money to do it again. They will I infest every part of Colorado, the entire front range from the continental divide to the foot hills, the eastern slope, is mostly private and winter range. 3 mountain lion attacks just this year. A young boy almost fatal. For every 3 wolves introduced one will get killed on a roadway. One will be euthanized by CPW and one will suffer the other two previous fates. There’s people have absolutely no respect for these animals!

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Casey A. - posted 6 months ago on 09-09-2019 05:31:53 am
Port orange Florida

Doesn’t make sense. They will eventually make their way down there.
He’s apparently not worried about the wildlife of Colorado or even the fragile population of Mexican wolves further south in New Mexico and Arizona. They need the buffer zone of Colorado.

Marshall L. - posted 6 months ago on 09-07-2019 08:57:55 pm
Grand Junction, CO

I emailed MeatEater a few weeks ago and asked if they would discuss this to inform their listeners. I’m assuming they will skirt this pertinent wildlife discussion. Hopefully I’m wrong.

John V. - posted 6 months ago on 09-05-2019 06:41:36 am
Owensboro, Kentucky

The Appalachian elk herd will eventually be the predominant elk herd on the continent for several reasons including this one. Good luck seeing a guy like this get anything on the ballot in eastern KY.

arron w. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 04:45:29 pm

Reintroduce them to his back yard and see how he likes those cute little guys. This guy is a JOKE

Dillon H. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 03:51:39 pm
Douglas, Wyoming

Jason D thanks for that link...

Dillon H. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 03:51:08 pm
Douglas, Wyoming

Makes me nauseous thinking about this, CommieRADO will do this that I am confident in. They have all lost their minds. The big question is will transgender restrooms be on the ballot with this? No hope.

Jason D. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 07:58:59 am

This is not a reintroduction at all, the species of wolves that they are trying to introduce never lived in Colorado.

Jeff B. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 05:54:32 am

If you reintroduce them, ultimately hunters will have to shoot them. Someone should explain that, that wolves have no natural predator and, left unchecked, will fundamentally change the landscape re:wildlife. Now, if you start with the goal of a managed population, they can play a positive role in keeping game populations from getting out of hand. I think maybe they're a tool in the CWD fight. But management must be left to the individual state from day 1 or it's a problem.

Calvin M. - posted 6 months ago on 09-04-2019 05:28:00 am

It's sad Steve Rinella had this guy on an episode of Meateater. I wonder if he will mention anything about it on his podcast. Probably not as he seems to skirt around issues that may ruffle the feathers of his hipster following.

Arron J. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 09:05:11 pm

Ferris' flawed logic is that if you're rich and successful in one discipline, your opinions in any subject are infallible. I hope sportsmen are mobilizing to beat this snowflake insanity back.

David M. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 06:48:53 pm

Interesting, I’m neither here nor there with this as we already have them back in Az. But what bothers me is people are meddling with affairs that they will not have to live with. Just as they are fighting for the restoration of the grizzly. They will come to our rural areas for a weekend and leave. But those of us that live and work in here have to deal with on a daily basis.

john f. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 12:41:00 pm

wasn't this the guy on an episode of Meateater ?

Steve S. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 12:27:05 pm

Maybe they should relocate a pack into his neighborhood of East Hampton or one of his other multiple residences and see if he’ll be as thankful, since he’s all for “reestablishing a major carnivore at a continental scale”. What a bunch of crazy, progressive libby BS.

Gary H. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 11:34:28 am

If it does go to the polls I certainly hope that the voters come out of the woodwork and voice their concerns with their vote against it.

david l. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 11:15:25 am
cortez colorado

it's gonna be a disaster for colorado wildlife

Nicholas K. - posted 6 months ago on 09-03-2019 09:20:28 am
Quarryville, PA

I hope it fails. It makes no sense to let people who have never dealt with wildlife in their lives, be able to vote to dictate how wildlife is managed .