Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff have worked across areas of expertise, scientific backgrounds and partner agencies to prepare this FAQ page in response to significant public outreach. This page will be updated and expanded as the agency works through the reintroduction and public involvement process.
Proposition 114 - now state statute 33-2-105.8 - directs the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to develop a plan to restore and manage gray wolves in Colorado no later than December 31, 2023. The statute indicates the wolves are to be released onto the Western Slope of Colorado.
Gray Wolf Listing Status
On Feb. 10, 2022, the U.S. District Court vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s (USFWS) 2020 rule delisting gray wolves across the lower 48 states. The ruling returns management authority of gray wolves in Colorado to USFWS. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will continue its planning efforts to meet the deadlines directed by state statute to restore and manage gray wolves in Colorado no later than Dec. 31, 2023. The reintroduction planning will now require a close partnership with our USFWS partners and our management plans will be subject to federal approval.