Colorado is the latest state that pro-wolf organizations have set their sights on for the reintroduction of wolves. Gray Wolves have already been reintroduced in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and other western states. The reintroductions have been very controversial and is a very heated topic.
According to The Herold Times, the Sierra Club is holding an informational meeting about the benefits of reintroducing wolves to Colorado on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.The meeting will include two short films, “Meet the Real Wolf” and “Canis Lupus Colorado,” followed by a discussion titled “Wolves in Colorado: Restoring the Balance,” led by Delia Malone, Sierra Club wildlife chair.
The films were produced by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, which states its mission as “to improve public understanding of gray wolf behavior, ecology and options for re-establishing the species in Colorado. The benchmark of our success: Wolves again roaming the snow-capped peaks, rim rock canyons and primeval forests of western Colorado.”
The group is eyeing that area, due to the large populations of deer and elk. The activists are interested in “natural control” of deer and elk rather than allowing human hunters to manage herd numbers, and said human safety when it comes to wolves “isn’t on the radar.”
I am confident that any plan to reintroduce of wolves in Colorado will be met with stiff opposition from both hunters and ranchers. Lessons have been learned from the wolf plans in other states. They know that the pro-introduction activists will agree to anything to get the program started and then hang the proceeding up in court for as long as possible. They will remain under federal protection long after recovery goals are met.
If the wolf activist had in the past kept their word and removed wolves from federal management when they met recovery goals, reintroduction would be a much easier sell. But they kept moving the goal posts.