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Wolves headed to Colorado to help cull elk?

An examination of wolf reintroduction to the San Luis Valley didn’t come at the prompting of federal wildlife officials.

But they’ll still have to take a look at it, thanks to public comment last year urging the idea be considered as a means of controlling elk herds on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, where elk have taken a heavy toll on the cottonwoods and willows lining stream banks.

“Right now, it’s a question. You have a lot of elk, a lot of people would say you need a large predator,” said Laurie Shannon, a planning team leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We may not move forward with it, but right now it’s on the table.”

The mention of wolves takes up only one sentence in a 13-page document laying out the potential management strategies for the Alamosa, Baca and Monte Vista national wildlife refuges.

Read the entire article on chieftain.com: Wolves to be considered for culling elk herds

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This story has sparked ALL sorts of coverage. HOWLColorado absolutely supports the idea, but we are not optimistic about its chances. However it was the public that put the option on the table, so perhaps they can also push for it now.

The Pueblo Chieftain’s story was picked up by several news sources:

Trib.com: Wildlife officials consider wolves to control elk

Associated Press: Wildlife officials consider wolves to controls elk

Leaving comments to counter the active anti-wolf movement is a start.

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