Colorado Issues Concerns Over Endangered Wolf Introduction

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission issued objections last week to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to introduce endangered Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) into the state. The plan to introduce the species’ into both Colorado and Utah is part of a plan to improve species’ numbers throughout their historic range. Opponents argue that the management plan would put livestock at risk, and is based on unsound science because Colorado is outside of the species’ native range. Conservationists counter-argue that the state provides suitable habitat for Mexican wolves, as it is within the species’ historic range. USFWS has not yet made a final decision on whether or not it will introduce the wolves in Colorado.

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