First Wolf Pack Spotted in Colorado Since the 1930s
The first wolf pack has been spotted in Colorado for the first time since the 1930s. Six wolves were spotted in Moffat County and here's how CPW found them.
Wolves have been spotted on the Western Slope in Moffat County. Just a few days ago on January 19 Colorado Parks and Wildlife were investigating an animal carcass in the northwest corner of Moffat County. The carcass was surrounded by what looked like wolf tracks.
CPW first heard the howls, then they used binoculars to see something extraordinary. CPW spotted six wolves about two miles away from them/the animal carcass. This is the first wolf pack in Colorado since the 1930s, which makes this an extraordinarily historic sighting.
Although wolves have been spotted periodically in Colorado, this is the first pack. Just take a look at the picture of the tracks left by these wolves -- they're enormous. Gray wolves are under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, which means there are severe federal penalties for people who hurt or kill them in Colorado.
Colorado wolves are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and according to them, killing a wolf can result in federal charges, including a $100,000 fine and a year in prison, per offense.
CPW is encouraging the public to notify them of any wolf activity here in Colorado. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Facebook post, which is below, it seems like Colorado has mixed feelings about the wolf pack sighting. Let us know how you feel about it in the comments.