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.