As the gray wolf is a state endangered species, CPAW said heavy fines would be imposed for harming the animals when it regains management control.
Moffett County, Colo. – Colorado voters approved Proposition 114 – which calls on Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to allow gray wolves to reproduce and operate – the agency has again confirmed the wolf’s presence in Moffat County.
While at least until January 4, the gray wolf will be in the U.S. The management of the Fish and Wildlife Service remains under control, while the removal of the recommendations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) will have an impact, the CPW will inspect the area and take inspection reports, the agency said on Monday.
Dan Prenzlo, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said there has also been some confusion in the state over the federal delisting debate over the status of gray wolves in Colorado. “Regardless of the status of the USFWS list, gray wolves remain listed as endangered species in the state, and it remains illegal to kill wolves in Colorado for any reason other than self-defense.”
Although protected under the ESA, the crime of killing a wolf in Colorado could result in federal costs, including a 100 100,000 fine and one year in prison. As gray wolves are endangered species in the state, the CPAW said severe penalties would also be imposed when management control returns to the state.
Earlier this year, a genetic laboratory confirmed that four sketch specimens collected in Colorado in January came from wolves. It was the first official documentation of the pack in the state since the 1940s, CPW.
Samples of the scale were collected near the scavenged elk carcass in Moffett County and indicate that three wolves were female and a fourth male.
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CPW said wolves are elusive in nature, making visual confirmation more challenging than some other species. But camera images of the game, as well as tracks and fur, have been found throughout the summer and in November
“Last week we recently confirmed the presence of wolves in Moffett County through pictures and screamed. Staff will continue to inspect the area as part of our overall wildlife management and conservation duties, and we will share information when we have updates or help eliminate any misunderstandings of wolf activity in Colorado. ‘
People are urged to contact CPW immediately and file a report if they see or hear wolf activity in Colorado or find evidence of wolf activity. This Wolf sighting form Can be found on the CPW website.
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