Confirmed Wolf Sighting in CO Mountains

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Gray wolves were once native to Colorado, but there hasn’t been a wolf population here since the mid 1940’s.

In fact, the most recent confirmed encounter with a wolf was back in 2015, until now.

Colorado parks and wildlife has confirmed that the animal spotted in Jackson County is a male gray wolf from Wyoming’s Snake River pack.

You may remember we had this initial sighting in our broadcast yesterday.

The wolf is wearing a tracking collar, and officials say he last recorded on February 12th near south pass in South-Western Wyoming.

CPW says that a second possible gray wolf sighting in grand county is possible, but has not yet been confirmed.

Wolf re-introduction in Colorado has sparked contentious debate, and this most recent sighting seems to have re-ignited the argument.

Our sister station in Denver reports that members of the Rocky Mountain Wolf action fund are currently gathering signatures to get a measure on the 2020 ballot to re-introduce wolves.

On the other hand, ranchers are worried that bringing the predator back to the state would put livestock at risk.

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