Wolves are set to return to Colorado by the end of 2023. The state has made some progress for native wildlife, but challenges remain. We need your help to ensure wolves are welcomed back to the Centennial State.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is in the process of writing a plan for wolf reintroduction. And there are real concerns that the agency’s cultural antagonism toward carnivores will permeate the plan. So far, conversations have focused on lethal management and the concerns of outfitters and ranchers.
The emphasis instead should be on ensuring that wolves reinhabit their historic range and bring balance to their native ecosystems. Fortunately, WildEarth Guardians and our allies have done the research and collaboration to create a template for such a plan. Now we need you to tell CPW to use it.
Write a comment to CPW urging them to rely on science and public values when drafting a wolf plan for Colorado. Some key points you can use for your comment:
- The planning process needs to be equitable, inclusive, transparent, and representative of all Coloradans.
- Tribal rights and values, tribal sovereignty, and traditional ecological knowledge need to be respected.
- No recreational wolf hunting or trapping—these practices serve no ecological value, are cruel, may encourage illegal killing, and can exacerbate conflict.
- A system of proactive, non-lethal conflict deterrence that includes accountability measures and adequate oversight is essential.
- Funding for education and awareness programs must be provided.
Public comments are due by midnight on August 31, so don’t delay submit your comment today!