After more than 210,000 Coloradans signed on to approve wolf reintroduction in the state, the issue has been officially placed on Colorado’s 2020 statewide ballot.
The ballot initiative instructs Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop a science-based plan for reintroducing wolves to Western Colorado by 2023 after public input. It also directs the Colorado General Assembly to develop a means to compensate ranchers for the livestock that could be lost to wolves each year.
Colorado’s last wolf was killed in the 1940s. Wolf reintroduction in places like Yellowstone National Park has been proven to limit elk and deer populations’ overgrazing, as well as limit the spread of disease.