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Wolves confirmed in Colorado

Wolves confirmed in Colorado

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Wolves are indeed back in Colorado. This week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) confirmed the sighting of six wolves two miles from an animal carcass discovered in Moffat County on Jan. 19. Officers heard howls in the area surrounding the animal carcass and used binoculars to observe the wolves, according to a CPW press release.

“This is a historic sighting. While lone wolves have visited our state periodically including last fall, this is very likely the first pack to call our state home since the 1930s. I am honored to welcome our canine friends back to Colorado after their long absence,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s important that Coloradans understand that the gray wolf is under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. While the animals have naturally migrated to our state and their presence draws public interest, it’s important that people give them space. Due to their Protected status, there are severe federal penalties for anyone that intentionally harms or kills wolves in our state.”


“Right after our two officers heard the howls from the wolves, they used binoculars to observe approximately six wolves about two miles from the location of the carcass,” said JT Romatzke, Northwest Region Manager for CPW. “After watching them for about 20 minutes, the officers rode in to get a closer look. The wolves were gone but they found plenty of large tracks in the area.”

goHUNT reported earlier this month that wolves were believed to be in the area. This observation by CPW officers confirms that wolves have returned to the Centennial State. According to CPW, the tracks measured 4.5” to 5.5” and “appear to have been made by at least six animals.”

“As we have made clear, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will not take direct action in these cases,” said Dan Prenzlow, Director of CPW. “We have the leading experts on wildlife management and species recovery working for our agency, but while wolves remain federally protected, they are under the jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We will continue to work with our federal partners and monitor the situation.”

It is a federal offense to kill a wolf in Colorado. Should you see or hear any signs of wolves, CPW urges you to fill out the Wolf Sighting Form immediately.


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Kevin R. - posted 1 month ago on 02-12-2020 03:43:21 pm
Kalispell, MT

Also, Clutch, you completely misrepresented the whole point of that article, and the meetings it describes...

"...Wednesday’s was the third meeting in recent months hosted by a trio of hunting and trapping groups -- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and the Idaho-based Foundation for Wildlife Management -- concerned that carnivores, and especially wolves, are depleting elk and deer in western Montana...."

"They’re calling on Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to increase trapping opportunities and reimburse wolf trappers for their expenses in an effort to bring Montana’s wolf population down to 150 animals."

"Wednesday’s meeting drew more than 350 people. Many attendees, like Schenavar, say they’re not seeing elk and deer in the forests they grew up hunting and have come to distrust population estimates issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks."

So obviously, it's not just me...Sorry about getting a bit off topic here, since we're supposed to talking about CO...but I'm just saying look back at what has happened to other states with wolves, and it's clear the CO elk, deer, and moose populations are going to be decimated.

Kevin R. - posted 1 month ago on 02-12-2020 03:11:50 pm
Kalispell, MT

Clutch...that's hilarious. So you think a report from Montana FWP is more reliable than the perspectives of the hunters who live here? You really believe there are as many elk in NW Montana as there were 30 years ago?! Baaaaahahahahaha! Oh man, thanks for the laugh buddy. And by the way, it's not just's everyone here. It's universally agreed upon that the elk hunting up here is terrible, in large part due to the wolves and griz. Nobody that hunts around here wants the wolves to be here. FWP, DNR, whatever you want to call them, in whatever state they come from...they are generally incompetent.

Clutch C. - posted 1 month ago on 02-12-2020 02:58:29 pm
WY & Argentina

The only one getting all worked up is you according to the FWP reports in your hometown, Kalispell.

Article below:

But monitoring data from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tell a different story.

"We're counting about the same number of elk we did over the last 30 years," says Neil Anderson, a wildlife program manager for FWP based in Kalispell.

"It’s hard for folks to say, ‘Well how can that possibly be, how can you count the same number of elk cause we're not seeing them in the field?’ Reality is, both those things can happen. And elk have changed -- in that area anyway -- how they're using the landscape. And so they may not be as available on some of those areas or in the same places where they used to be."

Kevin R. - posted 1 month ago on 02-12-2020 02:36:40 pm
Kalispell, MT

Oh boy, burn those Colorado points and don't bother to re-apply...Clutch, stop being so sensitive. Wolves are terrible, plain and simple. I'm from Montana, I can speak from experience. Those sacred laws that protect wolves are a bunch of BS put forth by people who know nothing about the matter...but they have money to hire lawyers, blah blah blah. I don't really care much about anything that comes down the pipe from that source. Nothing about wolves or wolf protection is actually good for wildlife, conservation, or anything else for that matter...but oh boy it sure is a big waste of tax dollars! I hope the seasons get opened up year-round like coyotes. In the meantime, yeah, shoot, shovel, shut up.

Clutch C. - posted 1 month ago on 02-06-2020 11:42:41 pm
WY & Argentina

Do not open the link by Adam S. Right below because it is a spam sight.

Clutch C. - posted 1 month ago on 02-05-2020 07:38:09 am
WY & Argentina

Far cry from a Social Justice Warrior there Seth, just a law-abiding Conservationist, Outdoorsman & Hunter.
Shame a feller like yourself needs to resort to disrespect and name-calling.

But its pretty easy to see the prevailing sentiment in every one of those earlier posts and I don’t see how soneobe can consider themselves a Hunter when they brag and joke about breaking game laws. Ofcourse, I am getting old and the ethics of my generation did not always get properly passed down.

Seth D. - posted 1 month ago on 02-05-2020 07:28:59 am
Public Lands

Clutch. They would not be a hunter if they killed a wolf, they would be a poacher.

Calm down there Social Justice Warrior.

Everyone is joking about it.

There I no hunter I know that would choose to poach a wolf in a protected state, and face the music of getting pounded in the ass in federal prison for killing a publicly protected species.

Clutch C. - posted 1 month ago on 02-05-2020 06:55:21 am
WY & Argentina

“Due to their Protected status, there are severe federal penalties for anyone that intentionally harms or kills wolves in our state.””

I will report any fellow hunter I witness shooting at or killing a wolf just as quickly as I report poachers, including collecting photo evidence to assure prosecution.
I have no use for either.

Heath J. - posted 1 month ago on 02-04-2020 08:33:54 am

Shoot , shovel and shut up !

Brandon H. - posted 1 month ago on 02-02-2020 07:33:11 am

What a shame. There goes all the elk and deer populations. I guarantee the cdw. Introduced those wolves they didn’t just show up. The only good wolf is a dead wolf.

Seth D. - posted 1 month ago on 01-31-2020 05:00:19 am
Public Lands

That wonderful Colorado Shiras moose resource is about to be extinct!

Sean M. - posted 1 month ago on 01-29-2020 02:19:47 pm

Now they need to take it off the ballot.... Let the carrying capacity and natural migration to new lands work itself out. And LET THEM HUNT THEM.

Gary H. - posted 1 month ago on 01-29-2020 12:00:11 pm

I wonder what wolf tastes like on a Traeger Grill?

Everything else I have cooked on mine is delicious thus far..

Sean B. - posted 1 month ago on 01-28-2020 09:12:38 pm
Riverton, Utah

The beginning of the decline in Colorado elk and deer populations. Watched it in'll be a rough 10-15 years as the wolves increase in number and put the hurt on the elk, deer, and moose. Some have "recovered" but it's never been the same since the wolves were "re"introduced. And they've only recovered since the hunting, trapping, and Idaho Fish and Game have proven effective at reducing pack size and number. It's a rough road ahead for Colorado's famed elk and deer populations. The good news is that it might be easier to draw those tough NW units here in the next 5-10 years.