Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have confirmed they have additional evidence that a group of wolves is now residing in northwest Colorado. The Coloradoan
Have wolves traveled into Larimer County?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are attempting to confirm a credible wolf sighting in the Laramie River Valley in Larimer County, according to a news release.
The animal was sighted wearing a tracking collar, which shows that it might be a dispersal wolf from a known pack in Montana or Wyoming. Flights and ground crews have been unable to detect a signal or visually confirm the wolf.
If wolves are confirmed in Larimer County it would be the farthest east they’ve been in Colorado in nearly a century.
In the northwest corner of Colorado, Parks and Wildlife staff continue to monitor the state’s first known wolf pack since the 1930s. As many as six wolves have been confirmed.
There’s also a confirmed wolf in the North Park area and a new report of a wolf in Grand County.
Wolves are a federally endangered species in Colorado. Killing a wolf in the state is a federal crime and can be punishable with up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
This year’s confirmed reappearance of wolves in the state comes amid an effort to reintroduce wolf packs to Colorado through a November ballot measure. The natural reappearance of wolves was expected in the state, though ecologists said it could be in a matter of years or decades in previous interviews with the Coloradoan.
Anyone who sees or hears a wolf is encouraged to submit the sighting to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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