Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) donated six wild burros to a Jackson County rancher who has recently been the victim of several wolf depredation incidents. The department hopes the burros will protect the livestock, according to a news release.
The rancher, Don Gittleson, has experienced three incidents since December. The wolf population in Colorado was eradicated in the 1940s, with a functional population of the species absent from the state for decades. However, in 2020, a small pack with two adults naturally migrated to the area from a bordering state. It is believed that members from this pack are the animals that targeted Gittleson’s livestock.