Until 2020, wolves were last known to live in Colorado in the 1940s, when the species was extirpated from the state. Over the years, sighting reports have come into Colorado Parks and Wildlife from our residents and visitors, and we have diligently worked to confirm credible sightings in the state. A group of six wolves reported in northwest Colorado was confirmed by CPW staff in January 2020. Confirmation came via staff ground sightings, tracks, and scat in the area originally reported along with game camera images throughout the year.
With wolves having been introduced into neighboring states, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has long been preparing for their migration into the state. With the passing of Proposition 114, CPW will now work with the Parks and Wildlife Commission and stakeholders statewide to begin planning for the introduction of additional wolves to the landscape.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wolves in Colorado
While the plan is being developed, below you will find some questions we frequently receive regarding living with wolves in Colorado. Wolves are elusive, even to wildlife officers and biologists, but there are some things you should know about living with wolves.