Colorado voters say yes to wolf reintroduction

Voters passed a ballot measure to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado. Credit: Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith

Wolf proponents in Colorado slotted a big win through a ballot measure that would force the state government to reintroduce the carnivores. Proposition 114 directs Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop a plan and reintroduce enough gray wolves (Canis lupus) to the state to ensure the survival of a population. With 91% of the votes counted as of Nov 5., opponents of the new measure, which included elk (Cervus canadensis) hunters, farmers and ranchers, conceded defeat. The votes sit at 50.4% in favor and 49.6% against. Proponents said this means “paws on the ground” within three years.

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