Group Hoping To Get Wolf Reintroduction Measure On 2020 Ballot

By Dominic Garcia

JACKSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A recent sighting of a possibly Gray Wolf in Jackson County has stirred up an old debate about reintroducing wolves to Colorado. Members of The Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund are currently gathering signatures to get a measure on the 2020 ballot to do that.

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“We believe that the right thing to do is give the people of Colorado a voice in restoring the balance,” said Rob Edward, President of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund.

Rob Edward (credit: CBS)

Edward says Colorado has the largest elk population in North America and one of the largest deer populations. He adds that without wolves, the two go unchecked and can cause destruction in places like Rocky Mountain National Park.

“The elk have stripped the river corridors bare. They’re putting fences around large swaths of the park in order to help the Aspen and willow regenerate. Wolves would change that dynamic over the course of a decade,” Edward told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

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But not everyone is excited about the recent wolf sighting. Phillip Anderson is a rancher in Jackson County, where the possible wolf was spotted. He worries about his livestock.

“We’re small ranchers and our livelihood depends on keeping the calf and lamb from the point in time it’s born to the time we market it, keeping it alive. We don’t want wolves here,” he told CBS4.

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Edward says he understands the concerns, and that’s why reimbursement to ranchers who lose livestock to wolves is in their ballot measure. But he adds that the overall threat is blown out of proportion.

“The fact is that wolves don’t pose a significant threat to livestock, and they don’t pose any threat to our burgeoning elk and deer population. In fact they pose the best answer to helping get things back in balance again.”

2 thoughts on “Group Hoping To Get Wolf Reintroduction Measure On 2020 Ballot

  1. I’d love to see wolves everywhere, however I feel their reintroduction elsewhere has too often become a lesson in futility. First, it gives state game agencies more revenue to tinker with their perspective of wildlife balance and “management”. We already know they are comprised largely of hunters and trappers . Ranchers, predator hunters and trappers all hate them. Poachers abound. They are the very ones most likely to cause reintro failure…at great monetary expense. The wolves become sitting ducks, the Mexican Grays are one example. If they’ve been extirpated from areas in the past, what will prevent this from happening repeatedly? No “law” will prevent their persecution. The argument of balance and biodiversity has never been acceptable to those hell bent on killing them out of loathing or for trophy. Simply put, I don’t want to see wolves suffer. It would only be a matter of a few short years under ideal circumstances until the wolves would, once again, recover in sufficient numbers to become a game species and the agencies will be only to happy to enrich their own coffers. That vicious cycle we’re all familiar with would continue.

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