A litter of gray wolf pups was spotted in Colorado for the first time since the 1940s. A district wildlife manager and biologist had spotted the litter over the weekend. The gray wolf pups were seen with two adult wolves. Usually, gray wolves have about four to six pups.
Last year Colorado voters almost approved a ballot measure that requires that these animals be reintroduced on public lands by the end of 2023. Gray wolves lost their status as a critically endangered species this year. However, they are protected at the state level. It is illegal for anyone to hunt these animals in the state.
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Anyone who violates this law will be fined or lose his/her hunting license. In the 1940s, these animals were hunted and poisoned into extermination. Last year, officials confirmed the presence of wolves in the north-western part of Colorado. Some believed these wolves came down from Wyoming’s Yellowstone national park.
Those against the reintroduction of these animals maintained that the presence of wolves in the state indicated that the reintroduction of these animals wasn’t necessary since they are capable of repopulating the state naturally.
Elk hunters, farmers, cattle ranchers, and others argue that the reintroduction of these animals can be a threat to livestock and a $1 billion hunting industry. According to wildlife advocates, the reintroduction of wolves is an important step in restoring these animals to habitat within Canada and Mexico.