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Public invited to give input on wolf re-introduction

 

Last updated 8/1/2021 at 8:28pm

Gary Kramer - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Keystone Policy Center has announced the launch of an Online Open House and detailed Comment Form available on Colorado's Wolf Restoration and Management Plan Public Engagement Website. For those interested in attending an in-person meeting locally, the Colorado Springs session is set for Aug. 4 (see details below).

The online open house and comment form offer the same information, questions and opportunity to submit feedback that is available at in-person public listening sessions that will be conducted throughout the state this summer. The new website, https://www.wolfengagementco.org/, contains links to all resources.

"Whether attending an open house in-person, or reviewing information and providing feedback online, we want to hear the public's input about the Wolf Restoration and Management Plan," said Julie Shapiro, director of the Natural Resources Program for Keystone Policy Center. "The online open house includes posters and video presentations providing the same information offered at in-person meetings, effectively creating a virtual learning and listening session for everyone to participate in at their own convenience."

The detailed online comment form will be open through late August and allows visitors to submit responses to the same topics and questions discussed at open house listening sessions. Those topics include:

• Engagement, Education, and Outreach

• Wolf Restoration

• Wolf Management

• Livestock Interactions

CPW and Keystone Policy Center announced last month the full slate of 14 open house listening sessions set to be conducted throughout the state. The open house public listening sessions are one component of the more than 40 meetings being conducted in July and August. In addition to the open houses and the online comment form, CPW and Keystone will convene approximately 17 invitational geographic-based focus groups in Western Colorado, approximately 10 invitational interest-based focus groups, as well as Tribal consultation meetings and virtual town hall sessions.

The Colorado Springs session will be Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Pre-registration at wolfengagementco.org is encouraged but not required.

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. Proposition 114 directs the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to develop a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves in Colorado no later than December 31, 2023, on designated lands west of the Continental Divide; hold statewide hearings about scientific, economic, and social considerations; periodically obtain public input to update the plan; and use state funds to assist livestock owners in preventing conflicts with gray wolves and pay fair compensation for livestock losses.

 

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