Wyoming Wolf Confirmed To Be Roaming In Northern Colorado
Updated 7/10/2019 at 2:30 p.m.
Wildlife officials have confirmed at least one gray wolf from Wyoming was spotted in northern Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday the animal reported near Walden in Jackson County was a male from the Snake River wolf pack.
It was wearing a radio collar and was last recorded Feb. 12 around South Pass in west-central Wyoming.
Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell says biologists were unable to confirm whether a second animal reported in Grand County was also a gray wolf.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working to confirm two possible gray wolf sightings in northern Colorado.
The Coloradoan reports Tuesday that someone sent the agency a photo that may show a radio-collared wolf near Walden in Jackson County.
Biologists are trying to confirm another recent sighting just to the south in Grand County.
Gray wolves were native to Colorado but were hunted to near extinction by the 1940s.
Wolves haven’t roamed Colorado since the mid-1940’s. This past weekend, a private citizen captured a wolf on video in Jackson County in northern Colorado. @COParksWildlife officials are working to verify the sighting as well as another in Grand County. pic.twitter.com/H9Z4Jg2Z7w— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) July 9, 2019
CPW spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell says the Jackson County animal may have wandered from nearby Wyoming, one of several states where the wolf has been reintroduced.
The last confirmed Colorado wolf sightings were near Walden in 2015.
In all, there are about 6,000 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Western Great Lakes.