Colorado Parks and Wildlife has officially confirmed that a pack of wolves is in Colorado following a sighting through binoculars in the northwest corner of the state.
On January 19, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers investigated a carcass surrounded by wolf tracks that was discovered in Moffat County. During their investigation, the officers heard wolf howls and were able to spot six wolves in the distance. This adds to mounting evidence that the pack is residing in the state.
Governor Polis welcomed the wolves back with the following statement:
“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.”
Officers attempted to get closer to the wolves, but the wolves left the area by the time they were able to narrow the gap. Officers confirmed that tracks were found where the wolves were spotted measuring 4.5 to 5.5 inches in size. The tracks were made by “at least” six animals.