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, a ballot initiative directing the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to develop a plan to introduce gray wolves onto the Western Slope of Colorado, passed on November 3, 2020.
Gray Wolf Listing Status
On Thursday, February 10, 2022, the United States District Court vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s (USFWS) 2020 rule delisting gray wolves across the lower 48 states. The status of wolves now returns to what it was before the 2020 delisting rule. This ruling returns management authority of gray wolves in Colorado to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reviewing the court’s decision and is in contact with the USFWS to understand the implications of this decision on Colorado’s gray wolf reintroduction process. We are moving quickly to schedule meetings and determine next steps. As potential impacts are identified, the information below will be updated accordingly.
Wolves in Colorado
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Position/Role in Wolf Management
Regulations and Legal Consequences of Taking or Killing a Wolf
Wolves on the Landscape