RETURNING WOLVES TO COLORADO
Help Make Sure It’s Done the Right Way
What’s the situation with Colorado’s wolves right now?
Voters approved Proposition 114 in 2020 to start reintroducing wolves into Colorado by the end of 2023. At this moment, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing its plan to restore and manage wolves.
How did we get here?
There were once thousands of gray wolves in Colorado, sustained by bison, pronghorn, elk and deer. But white settlement and slaughter eliminated most prey animals, and wolves turned to livestock. To protect the livestock industry, the federal government systematically exterminated wolves, trapping and killing the last one in Colorado in 1945. After wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies in the mid-1990s, several dispersed into Colorado but no population established naturally. Proposition 114 will finally restore wolves to Colorado after decades of absence.
What can people do?
The most important thing right now is to make sure the state produces a plan that ensures the long-term viability and recovery of wolves in Colorado. The plan should include measures the livestock industry must take to prevent wolf-cattle conflicts, and a provision to release Mexican gray wolves to the San Juan Mountains. Stay tuned for how you can help.
Help reverse the Trump administration’s decision to end federal protection for wolves.