A stream slices through the high desert of western Colorado. It swells with clear, cold spring runoff. Willows and aspen necklace the banks, their baby green leaves pointing to the sun. An elk stops to drink, then clambers away at the sound of rustling in the sagebrush.
This is a landscape shaped, in part, by wolves. Right now it’s only a hope for the future, but it could become reality if Coloradans pass Initiative 107, a November ballot measure to reintroduce gray wolves west of the Continental Divide.