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CO Only: Speak up to ensure successful reintroduction of wolves in Colorado

Please write Colorado Governor Jared Polis and urge him to ensure the successful reintroduction of wolves by creating a wolf management plan that focuses on science, education, and public input.

Reintroducing wolves to Colorado

Colorado Wolf Restoration

In an historic vote, Coloradans decided to restore gray wolves to the Centennial State by December 2023. Currently, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other decision makers are deliberating on the details of a wolf plan. But the Colorado public has largely been shut out of this process. We know Colorado can do this right, but not without your voice! Learn more.

Elements of a Successful Colorado Wolf Plan

colorado landscape wildearth guardiansColorado’s wolf plan needs to restore a self-sustaining population of wolves to the state. The best available science indicates that a minimum of 750 wolves (or 150 packs) is required. And the Western Slope’s large tracts of public lands and huge elk herd can easily sustain such a population. Wolves should be distributed throughout suitable habitat in western Colorado in order to bring about the desired ecological benefit. A half-hearted effort that sees only token wolf populations will fail Colorado and wolves.
cattle wildearth guardiansConflict avoidance needs to be proactive. Wolves are native to Colorado and are highly-adapted carnivores. They are naturally inclined to feed on deer, elk, and other native wildlife. But when non-native, unprotected livestock are on the landscape, they represent easy feeding opportunities for wolves. State officials and livestock owners need to do their part by taking robust, proactive conflict-avoidance measures. A robust, state-led education and outreach effort is paramount for success.
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Recreational wolf hunting should never happen.Recreational wolf hunting should never happen. Wolves are intelligent, social animals. Pack structures, prey, and territorialism combine to regulate wild wolf populations. Science indicates that there is no need to “cull” or keep a population “in check.” Hunting wolves is trophy hunting and only done for sport. Proposition 114 explicitly calls for wolves to be a “non-game species.”

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Mexican wolves should be part of the reintroduction effort. A number of factors, including climate change, indicate that Mexican wolves would be a great addition to the Southern Rockies from an ecological perspective. Moreover, a population of Mexican wolves in southern Colorado would benefit the recovery of the wild U.S. population of endangered Mexican wolves, one of the most imperiled mammals in North America.

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