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U.S. sued in bid to force decision on protections for gray wolves in the Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Tuesday after the government missed a deadline to decide if protections for gray wolves should be restored across the northern U.S. Rocky Mountains, where Republican-led states have made it easier to kill the predators. The Biden administration said in a preliminary finding last September that protections for wolves may need […]

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Conservation groups offer alternate plan for Colorado wolf reintroduction that limits killing after livestock losses

A group of wildlife advocates is blasting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s wolf reintroduction process, saying the intent of the voter-approved proposition has been “lost or undermined.” Since voters in November 2020 approved Proposition 114 directing the state to craft a plan and reintroduce wolves on the Western Slope by the end of 2023, CPW has […]

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Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.

Don Gittleson woke up Wednesday morning to a sight that’s starting to feel common on his North Park ranch: a cow torn up by wolves, the third attack on his livestock since a few days before Christmas. If this were Montana, Wyoming or Idaho, Gittleson could pull out a gun and shoot the predator dead.  […]

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Colorado officials hear options on how, when and where to restore gray wolves

By James Anderson, The Associated Press While gray wolves are under pressure from a federal delisting and increased hunting in some Rocky Mountain states, Colorado wildlife officials heard a number of detailed options Thursday for implementing a voter-approved reintroduction of the species west of the Continental Divide. The highlights of ongoing work by a Colorado Parks […]

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Democratic members of Congress urge emergency protections for wolves in the West

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the Biden administration to enact emergency protections for gray wolves in the U.S. West in response to Republican-backed state laws that make it easier to kill the predators. Twenty-one U.S. senators led by New Jersey’s Cory Booker and […]

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Why have gray wolves failed to gain a foothold in Colorado?

By Paige Blankenbuehler, High Country News This story was originally published by High Country News and is republished here by permission. In the early days of October 2020, a soft breeze blew across Cold Spring Mountain, rustling the sagebrush and aspen groves. Three prominent conservationists camped near the weathered land marker that identified the junction […]