Colorado Wildlife Officials Revisit Wolf Concerns

November 23, 2015
Photo: Mexican wolf
A Mexican wolf in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area, which spans parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Colorado wildlife officials are considering reaffirming their opposition to reintroducing wolves to the state.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Friday considered a draft resolution that would reaffirm the commission's 1980s positions against reintroduction. It argues that reintroduction could have a harmful impact on livestock, wildlife and human welfare.

The group hasn't taken any action yet. It wants to make sure the resolution is consistent with recommendations made by a Wolf Working Group and adopted by the commission in 2005, including allowing wolves to migrate into the state.

The commission was prompted to revisit the issue when the governors of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico sent a letter to federal officials on Nov. 13 opposing federal recovery plans for the Mexican wolf.

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