Colorado Nature January 08, 2020
A Wolf Pack Was Just Spotted In Colorado For The First Time In Decades
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you live in Colorado, you have probably spotted these animals around the state (with the non-native tiger most likely being at your favorite zoo), but wolves, which are native to both North America and Eurasia? Probably not… that is, until today, as it was announced that a wolf pack was “likely present in Northwest Colorado.”
According to a January 8th press release from
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the presence of a wolf pack is "likely" in Northern Colorado, thanks to both eyewitness accounts and scavenged elk carcasses.
Considered to be a predatory animal, wolves were eradicated entirely from Colorado in the 1940s, with only a few of the lone canines reported from then until now.
As per CPW Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke, "We have no doubt that they are here, and the most recent sighting of what appears to be wolves traveling together in what can be best described as a pack is further evidence of the presence of wolves in Colorado."
In addition to eyewitness accounts and the mangled animal carcass, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has received reports of howling, tracks, and video footage (linked below), which adds to other "credible reports of wolf activity in Colorado over the past several years."
With wolves taking up residence in several other Rocky Mountain states (including Wyoming), their presence in Colorado has come as no surprise, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife predicting their return for quite some time.
At this time, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be taking no further action; however, if you think you have seen or heard a wolf — or any evidence of one — you are asked to submit a report on the Colorado Parks'
If you do not live near Dinosaur National Monument (where the sightings occurred) and want to see a wolf pack in a safe environment, be sure to check out the
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide.
For even more unusual animal sightings around the Centennial State, check out
These 5 Out-Of-Place Creatures Have Been Spotted In Colorado And You’ll Want To Steer Clear. Address: 4545 US-40, Dinosaur, CO 81610, USA