DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Tuesday that they have collared a gray wolf in the north-central part of the state.
The agency said the wolf was spotted in late-January with wolf M1084, a VHF-collared male wolf that entered Colorado in 2019 from the Snake River wolf pack in Wyoming.
“The GPS collar will allow our biologists and wildlife managers to learn more about the travel patterns of wolves that are coming into the state,” said Dan Prenzlow, Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CPW said during the process of netting and tranquilizing the wolf, the animal was able to get loose from the net and headed north across the Wyoming state line. It was subdued just inside the Wyoming line and collared. CPW staff stayed with the wolf until it was alert.
“The newly collared wolf is a four-year-old male weighing approximately 110 pounds,” said Brian Dreher, terrestrial section manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The wolf was given a health exam during the collaring process and appears to be in good health.”
Colorado voters approved a ballot measure in November 2020 that instructs the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to prepare a plan and reintroduce wolves to western Colorado.
Gray wolves remain a state-endangered animal in Colorado and may not be killed for any reason other than self-defense.