Wolves In The West

Official Blog of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project

The Gray Wolf Belongs In Colorado’s Wild

Posted by Rocky Mountain Wolf Project | August 22, 2017 at 9:48 PM

Colorado’s natural balance—and how wolves fit in.

Our project, launched nearly six months ago, rests on one primary objective: bringing the gray wolf back to Colorado.

Before we explain how we want to reintroduce the gray wolf to Colorado, let’s explore the why.

Wolves have been missing from Colorado’s landscape for over half a century, since humans forced them out in the 1940s. Colorado was their historic home but after decades of human activities, like hunting and trapping, they have essentially disappeared from the wild. For years, they roamed the Rockies and kept our balance in check and now... they're missing.

In Colorado, there’s no shortage of elk and deer, and experts agree that reintroducing the gray wolf won’t drastically affect their populations. By keeping deer and elk populations at healthy levels, the gray wolf would also help promote populations of dozens of other species in our wild, like songbirds, beavers, and bears.

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Caption: A healthy ecosystem is dependent on a diverse wildlife.

In Yellowstone National Park, the decline in the wolf population cleared the way for a surge in elk and deer, leading to overgrazing and land erosion and hurting species that relied on a balanced landscape. When Yellowstone brought back the wolf, the park started to return to its natural habitat. We’ve seen it work in Yellowstone National Park, and we can make it work right here in Colorado.

Put simply, creating a natural balance means reestablishing the gray wolf. And, for us, that means creating a plan modeled after Yellowstone: we want to safely reintroduce a small number of wolves in the western region of Colorado to establish a slow, sustained, and controlled population over many years.

Wolves aren’t the big, bad animals Hollywood makes them out to be, and Colorado is a big place with approximately 30 million acres of open lands. That means we can safely coexist with wolves who, frankly, don’t want anything to do with us. Wolves help to sustain our wild life and are less of a threat to you or your family than lightening—or even a vending machine.

Our effort is bigger than wolves—it’s about protecting Colorado’s proud legacy and commitment to preserving our native wildlife.

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Topics: Wolves, Elk, Conservation, Ecosystem, Deer, reestablishment, reintroduction, Endangered Species