DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has secured a source population of 15 gray wolves from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for the ongoing gray wolf reintroduction effort. The agreement between the two parties outlines plans for capturing these wolves on tribal lands in eastern Washington during the capture season from December 2024 – March 2025.
CPW Director Jeff Davis expressed gratitude, stating, “This critical next step aligns with our unanimously adopted Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan goal of translocating 10-15 gray wolves per capture season, aiming for a total of 30-50 wolves.”
Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Jarred-Michael Erickson, shared enthusiasm, saying, “We are thrilled that our restoration efforts on our own lands have progressed far enough that we can share some of these magnificent creatures with the citizens of Colorado.”
Tribal representatives will guide CPW on target packs, emphasizing the avoidance of packs with known active chronic depredation behavior.
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The recent successful completion of an agreement between Colorado and Oregon allowed for the translocation of ten wolves in the current season. CPW’s earlier fulfillment of releasing 10 gray wolves onto public land in Summit and Grand counties marked a significant milestone for the agency.
While CPW could release up to five more wolves per its Wolf Restoration and Management Plan this season, the agency has opted for a cautious approach. The decision to wait until the December 2024 – March 2025 capture season allows for a thorough assessment of the December releases. It also ensures sufficient time for additional resources to support ranchers as proposed in the governor’s budget to become effective on July 1.
CPW Director Jeff Davis emphasized the agency’s focus on refining internal processes, enhancing staff expertise, and improving public awareness and safety notification structures. For those interested in staying informed, CPW encourages visiting their “Stay Informed” page and signing up for the Wolf Reintroduction eNews.