Now that wolves have been reintroduced to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, environmental groups have set their sights on Colorado and Utah. A group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has started a petition to reintroduce wolves into Colorado. They say they want to restore a “natural balance.”
Hunters have learned a lot about these types of environmental groups since the earlier reintroductions. Their tactics remain the same, sign any agreement to get the wolves in the landscape and then litigate to keep them protected even after they have met the agreed upon recovery criteria. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Issued the following statement on the Elk Network about these tactics:
“Let’s be very clear. There’s a history lesson here we all need to understand, if we don’t already. As we’ve experienced in the Northern Rockies, once the door is open to formal wolf reintroduction programs, those promoting such efforts will then ignore all agreed upon recovery goals and delisting criteria. They move the goalposts, twist the science and file lawsuit after lawsuit that allow populations to swell far above recovery goals and have measureable detrimental impacts on elk, deer, moose and other wildlife.
What the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project is proposing is unnecessary and would have significant impacts on Colorado and Utah similar to those the aforementioned states continue to face. The fact is that wolves are already moving into Colorado through natural dispersion from the Northern Rockies wolf introduction. Management of these wolves, like all Colorado wildlife, should be left for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to manage. A formal reintroduction of wolves into western Colorado will result in wolves in Utah as well.
Groups like this seek to eliminate the state-based management of wildlife which goes against the successful principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. They are also hyper- focused on placing one species, the wolf, above all others by ignoring science-based objectives and delisting criteria. It is also well known that these groups use the wolf as a major fundraising tool and yet they put little to no monies into real conservation, wildlife habit restoration or state-based management. For the future of our wildlife, this is a path we simply cannot afford to go down.”
To view the Statement From the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation CLICK HERE