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Recent gray wolf sightings in Colorado

Colorado grey wolf sighting

Maybe Colorado voters won’t get to choose whether or not gray wolves belong in the Centennial State after all. Last month, there were two different sightings of gray wolves that Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is currently working to confirm. According to CBS4, one sighting occurred in Jackson County while the other was reported in Grand County. 

“Last month, a wolf was photographed in northwest Colorado by a private citizen!” Gov. Jared Polis wrote on Facebook. “CPW received many reports of wolf sightings near our northern border, but photographs are much rarer.”

CPW recently released the photo of one of the wolves, which appears to be wearing a tracking collar.

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With a push to add wolf reintroduction to the fall ballot, the current sightings have some residents excited while others are wary.

“We’re small ranchers and our livelihood depends on keeping the calf and lamb from the point in time it’s born to the time we market it, keeping it alive. We don’t want wolves here,” Phillip Anderson, a rancher in Jackson County, told CBS4.

However, those who support wolves returning to what was once their native land see it as a positive.

“The fact is that wolves don’t pose a significant threat to livestock, and they don’t pose any threat to our burgeoning elk and deer population,” said Rob Edward, president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund. “In fact they pose the best answer to helping get things back in balance again.”

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Chris P. - posted 4 months ago on 07-15-2019 12:56:58 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Wolves eat meat. Meat comes from animals. Livestock and ungulates are animals. The average wolf needs around 10 pounds of meat a day to survive. Small game species do not provide the caloric intake a wolf requires and thus cannot be considered a dietary staple of the wolf. That can only come from much larger animals...like livestock and ungulates.
To say that wolves do not pose a significant threat to livestock is just not true. In 2016 the Wyoming F&W service spent $152,341 to remove depredating wolves and compensated livestock owners $315,062 for their losses. That's $467,403 that the Wyoming tax payers had to pick up due to wolf conflicts (Wyoming Wolf Recovery 2016 Annual Report). Those livestock are people's livelihoods and unless the kill can be confirmed by F&W as predation by wolves, they are not compensated. So there are a lot more incidences of "missing livestock" that go uncompensated. $467K may not sound like that much, but that is $1.68 per Wyoming taxpayer in 2016. The total revenue received by Wyoming F&W for the sale of licenses and tags has been in decline since the reintroduction of wolves in the 1990's. Is that a coincidence? No! It is a direct correlation between the disinterest of hunters not wanting to hunt areas inundated by wolves and the reduction in tag numbers by F&W as a result of big game herd sizes. To say that wolves pose NO THREAT to elk and deer populations is just not true either. Who is going to pick up the difference in revenue losses for F&W? Certainly not the special interest groups...so ultimately wolves do pose a threat to both livestock and ungulates not just in a physical sense, but also as a financial burden.

Drew W. - posted 4 months ago on 07-13-2019 09:22:22 pm
Sheridan, WY
goHUNT INSIDER

This is just a big push from the anti-hunters. They think by introducing the wolf back into Colorado that will lessen the hunting that is done, which is true. Less animals (due to wolves eating the majority) means less tags that they will give out. Then CPW will increase the price of the tags and I anticipate most of the OTC tags going away. So, if wolf introduction is such a good idea why is it that Idaho has put a bounty on them? Could it be that they were under managed? or are they that destructive and annihilate everything? Either way, Colorado should look at surrounding states and see what a burden its caused. I fear if they don't they will go from having the biggest elk herd in north America to a drastic decline.

Jon T. - posted 4 months ago on 07-11-2019 01:33:38 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Seems simple. We already have wolves so you can't really make the argument to reintroduce. case closed. Hopefully one of these wolf advocates get eaten by a wolf. Would make for a great documentary kinda like the grizzly man.

Marshall L. - posted 4 months ago on 07-11-2019 11:57:25 am
Grand Junction, CO
goHUNT INSIDER

The real threat is the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund. They have their approval for obtaining petition signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. They need 160,000 signatures according to emails they sent to supporters. As of 7/10/19, they have 10,000 signatures.

Those opposing forced wolf introduction should go to https://www.stopthewolf.org/

Get the word out!

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Charlie L. - posted 4 months ago on 07-11-2019 11:21:21 am
Lakewood, CO

Some of these bunny/wolf huggers are completely out of their minds. Bet they think congress is doing a good job and we don't have an illegal immigrants problem either? CPW has already jacked up the prices for all hunters by requiring a small game license to apply and increased the processing cost by 100-300%, as well as charging for pref points. Residents will then get hit with 100%+ license increases when non-residents stop coming and CPW does not need a ballot measure to increase license fees to a point annually. They are already getting close to pricing themselves out of non-resident hunters and are planning to shorten seasons which when you say you have too many animals (elk), that makes perfect (perfectly stupid) sense to shorten the seasons. Kinda like VA saying they have way too many bears and then increasing the cost of a tag by 60-150% for residents and non-residents. It seems Wildlife Mgrs have no common sense or sense of logic. Yeah the wolves in yellowstone didn't pose ANY threat to deer and elk either, or moose. That was up till they ate the majority of all of em. Rky Mtn Wolf Action Fund - they need to raise funds to help with their mental illness issues.

Jon M. - posted 4 months ago on 07-11-2019 09:17:40 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Don’t pose a threat to elk and deer? Wow. Maybe this guys dumb, deaf, blind, and illiterate?

Robert T. - posted 4 months ago on 07-11-2019 08:51:08 am
Blackfoot, ID
goHUNT INSIDER

Might help with CWD but how will Wildlife and Parks make up the lost income from tag sales. Any ballot measure needs to deal with the lose of funding from tag sales. Will residents pay higher taxes to make up the funding?