MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A new piece of evidence only supports claims a group of wolves is now calling Colorado home.
On Sunday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers found an animal carcass surrounded by large "wolf-like" tracks in the northwest corner of Moffat County. Soon after the discovery, officers heard distinct howls.
“This is a historic sighting. While lone wolves have visited our state periodically including last fall, this is very likely the first pack to call our state home since the 1930s. I am honored to welcome our canine friends back to Colorado after their long absence,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s important that Coloradans understand that the gray wolf is under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. While the animals have naturally migrated to our state and their presence draws public interest, it’s important that people give them space. Due to their Protected status, there are severe federal penalties for anyone that intentionally harms or kills wolves in our state.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers believe the tracks were made by at least six animals.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding the public wolves are federally protected. Killing a wolf can result in federal charges including a $100,00 fine and a year in prison.
Click here to report any sighting or evidence of wolf activity in Colorado.