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From KNAU.org:

State and federal wildlife managers are investigating the death of three endangered Mexican Gray Wolves found last month in Arizona.

Officials with the wolf recovery team did not release any details about the circumstances of the animals’ deaths or the specific areas where they were found.

One of the wolves was a female that belonged to the Saffel Pack. The other two were single females.

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From coloradotimesrecorder.com

This November, Colorado voters will decide whether to reintroduce wolves to the state’s Western Slope. Most opposition to the proposal comes from ranchers in the region who are concerned for their livestock.

State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), however, speaking on KFTM’s “Big Morning Show yesterday, added a much more frightening reason to say no to wolves: he says they will hunt people:

“They wreak havoc on wildlife, they wreak havoc on livestock, and quite honestly, it’ll wreak havoc on people when they hike and ski and recreate in the mountains. If a bear sees you it will turn and run and hide. So will other wildlife; they don’t want to be a part of human beings. A wolf is a different animal: they will hunt and stalk you and they will take you out. I don’t understand why people who love nature and want to be out in the mountains want us to being more wolves in.”

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From cpr.org/

For wolf advocate Larry Weiss, the battle to bring wolves back to Colorado isn’t just about ecology. It’s about challenging more than a century of U.S. wildlife management.

Last summer, the retired animal rights lawyer spent days gathering signatures for an initiative set to appear on Colorado’s November ballot. If successful, it could force the state to capture and release wolves in Western Colorado by 2024.

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From coloradoan.com

The organization behind a ballot initiative to reintroduce wolves in Colorado said it does not support a recently introduced bill that aims to accomplish a similar goal.

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Two great wolf education events are coming to Colorado, thanks to the International Wolf Center.
The first starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Keystone Science School Campus in Keystone. It is called “Family Science Night: Wolves” and will be led by Dick Thiel, a retired Wisconsin wolf biologist and board member of the International Wolf Center.
The second starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Walter’s Brewery in Pueblo. This event is titled “Wolves of the West” and will also be led by Thiel.
Both of these programs are part of the Center’s effort to spread science-based wolf information in the western United States.

From the Steamboat Pilot & Today in Colorado:

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Proposed legislation to reintroduce wolves to Colorado has received opposition from Routt County ranchers and raised concerns among the area’s state representative.

This comes more than a week after wildlife officials confirmed the presence of at least six gray wolves in Moffat County. Gov. Jared Polis said it likely is the first wolf pack to inhabit Colorado since the 1930s.

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From The Fort Morgan Times:

The Board of Morgan County Commissioners on Tuesday morning discouraged the integration of wolves into Colorado as proposed in an upcoming ballot issue.

The commissioners stated in the resolution they approved that the species of wolf being integrated is not native to Colorado, has already migrated into the state and could wreak havoc on ranchers and wildlife.

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From The Denver Post:

Before voters decide in November whether to let wolves be reintroduced in western Colorado, state lawmakers may take their own vote on the question.

Right now, however, neither supporters nor opponents of the ballot measure are happy with the new Senate proposal.

Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, is championing a bill to reintroduce gray wolves to the state, hoping it will spur more discussion and lead the different interest groups to find more common ground than a ballot measure is able to do.

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From the Colorado Sun:

Colorado State Sen. Kerry Donovan wants to slow the roll on wolf reintroduction.

The Vail Democrat, who represents seven Western Slope counties, has crafted legislation she hopes to submit on Friday that allows Colorado Parks and Wildlife to manage wolves, but would postpone any reintroduction efforts until money is found to reimburse ranchers who lose livestock to wolves. The bill would cancel reintroduction outright if wildlife officials determine that the state already has a “self-sustaining population” of gray wolves.

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From the Colorado Sun:

A study released this week by Colorado State University researchers suggests a majority of Coloradans intended to vote for wolf reintroduction on November’s ballot.

The online survey of 734 state residents in August estimated 84% of Coloradans supported the reintroduction of wolves on the state’s Western Slope. The CSU survey — conducted by Utah online survey company Qualtrics — was meant to update a 1994 mail survey by CSU researchers and examined the level of public support for wolf reintroduction; how residents see wolves in Colorado impacting their daily lives; and profiles of wolf supporters and opponents.

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