The CPW will be holding five upcoming Wolf Restoration and Management Plan meetings. These wolf meetings will help decide the reintroduction details.
As a result of the State statute 33-2-105.8, the CPW is directed to do the following:
- Pay fair compensation for livestock losses caused by gray wolves.
- Develop a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves in Colorado.
- Likewise, Take necessary steps to begin reintroduction no later than Dec. 31, 2023, on designated lands west of the Continental Divide.
In April 2021, the CPW contracted with Keystone Policy Center to help them conduct the ever-important public involvement part of the plan.
On Dec. 9th, the CPW met to outline the Draft Plan. During this plan, the Commissioners asked questions and some public comment was received. However, the majority of public input will be gathered in the next five wolf meetings.
Five Upcoming Wolf Meetings.
Five statewide hearings will be held to acquire information from the public to be considered in developing the Plan. Below we will list the location and date of each of the wolf meetings.
- Jan. 19, 2023 – Colorado Springs – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Jan. 25, 2023 – Gunnison – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Feb. 7, 2023 – Rifle – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Feb. 16, 2023 – Virtual via Zoom – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Feb. 22, 2023 – Denver – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Each meeting will start with the CPW giving a brief overview of the Plan. All wolf meetings will have time provided for public comments. You can find out more information on the meetings by going to wolfengagementco.org.
After the meeting takes place the CPW will meet on April 6th, 2023 to create the Final Draft Plan. Likewise, on May 3rd-4th, 2023, the Final Plan and Regulations will seek approval at an in-person meeting in Glenwood Springs. At that point, commissioners will vote on the Final Plan and the regulations.