COLORADO GRAY WOLF RESTORATION – The election season has been extremely eventful. Not only for the presidential elections. On November 3rd, Colorado citizens voted to approve the introduction of gray wolves into Colorado. With this decision, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife are developing a management plan.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife manage many species across the state. In fact, the CPW manages 960 different species in the state. They have been instrumental in restoring many species over the past several decades. With the vote earlier this month, the CPW is now preparing to restore gray wolves on the landscape west of the continental divide.
“Our agency consists of some of the best and brightest in the field of wildlife management and conservation,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow. “I know our wildlife experts encompass the professionalism, expertise, and scientific focus that is essential in developing a strategic species management plan. CPW is committed to developing a comprehensive plan and in order to do that, we will need input from Coloradans across our state. We are evaluating the best path forward to ensure that all statewide interests are well represented.”
Managing wolves is nothing new to the CPW. During the podcast we conducted with J.T. Romatzke of the CPW, he stated they have had wolves on their radar for quite some time. The CPW has developed a wolf management website to help with frequently asked questions. As wildlife biologists begin to develop future wolf management plans, they will build off of previous strategies.
“For over 120 years, the people of Colorado have looked to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for leadership and expertise to protect state lands, secure a successful wildlife legacy in Colorado, and provide quality outdoor recreation that evolves with generational trends and demographic population changes.” CPW
We will continue to update you on changes to the management plan.