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As Colorado readies wolf-reintroduction plan, other states may step up kills

By Matthew Brown and Iris Samuels, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and propose tactics shunned by many […]

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Colorado wildlife officials will track, study travel patterns of gray wolves coming into the state

Wildlife officials have captured and collared a lone male wolf near North Park in north-central Colorado to study the travel patterns of wolves coming into the state. Contractors for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife chased the 4-year-old wolf into Wyoming, where they were able to subdue it and affix a tracking collar, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. […]

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Groups ask federal court to restore protections for gray wolves

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to restore safeguards for […]

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins planning for wolf reintroduction

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Colorado’s wildlife agency said Thursday it considers a ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state to have passed after a group that opposes the initiative conceded the race and the agency consulted with the office of Gov. Jared Polis. An announcement by Colorado Parks and Wildlife that it […]

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“We knew it would be tight”: Colorado wolf reintroduction riding on razor-thin vote margin

The tightest statewide race of the 2020 election in Colorado was about wolves.  As counties meticulously counted dense ballots on Wednesday, Proposition 114 remained close, hovering, at points, within hundreds of votes of an automatic recount.  The measure that would task Colorado Parks and Wildlife with creating a gray wolf reintroduction plan by the end […]

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Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of U.S.

By Matthew Brown, John Flesher and Jim Mone, The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days […]

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Colorado’s fight over wolf reintroduction has a new battleground: parasitic poop

As the wolf reintroduction fight howls in Colorado, wildlife officials are fielding more reports from people who suspect they’ve spotted a wolf in the wild.  A release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife last week noted they are tracking a wolf in Jackson County and a pack of six wolves in northwest Colorado. The agency reported […]

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West Slope lawmaker tries to pump the brakes on Colorado wolf reintroduction

State Sen. Kerry Donovan wants to slow the roll on wolf reintroduction.  The Vail Democrat, who represents seven Western Slope counties, has crafted legislation she hopes to submit on Friday that allows Colorado Parks and Wildlife to manage wolves, but would postpone any reintroduction efforts until money is found to reimburse ranchers who lose livestock […]