By Shannon Lukens.
More wolves may be on the move in Jackson County. It was discussed at a meeting over the weekend. Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist Libbie Miller says seven wolves were reported in one day, in different parts of the county, on Nov. 25, but they can’t confirm if they are the same, and were just on the move that day.
Don Gittleson thinks there are some new wolves other than the pack that was killing his livestock last year at this time. Two visited his ranch at 2:29 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, and came right up to the game camera on the property.
“They came by a couple nights ago in the middle of the night. My son caught them on the camera. One wolf in the picture does not look like the male that was around before, at least not to me. It looks like this is probably a new wolf. I’ve turned this in to CPW so I’m sure they’re going to be trying to look at it too. They other one, I don’t know. I know when I saw the tracks that night, the tracks I looked at was definitely not the male breeding wolf that was here.”
CPW depends on sightings of wolves, from the public. Here again is Libbie Miller.
“One of the ways that we monitor wolf activity across the state is through public reports, public sightings. And the bottom line is that you folks spend way more time out on the landscape than we do. And it can be something as simple as you happen to be driving home on Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass and you happen to see what you believe is a wolf. Please take the time to get onto the online form and report that sighting. Because if you don’t report it, we won’t know that it was observed.”
That form is on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Search for the Wolf Sighting Form. CPW asks that you report from a computer as the form is not mobile friendly.