Wolves used to be an essential element to the landscape of Colorado in the past years. However, in the past 70 years, Colorado wolves have been absent. It has become essential, then, for reintroduction of wolves in Colorado. The natural balance of Colorado’s landscape has been affected negatively with their absence. That is because they are key species in the environment. It is a good thing that an opportunity is presented through The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project that would help restore the natural balance of Colorado by bringing Colorado wolves back to benefit the present and future generations. For more details on the efforts to restore wolves in Colorado, make sure to read this article until the end.
The wolf population can thrive in the remote and expansive public lands of Western Colorado. But then, bringing back wolves in Colorado can only be made possible with teamwork and group efforts. This should not be a problem with Colorado being biologically viable but socially viable as well. Based on statistics, 60-70 percent of Coloradans support bringing back wolves in Colorado.
In the Northern Rockies, gray wolves have proceeded to occupy the location ever since their reintroductions in Yellowstone National Park. However, they are yet to be seen in the Southern Rockies of the western portion of Colorado. The Rocky Mountain wolf conservation project has not been completed because of this area that serves as a missing link through them all. If Colorado wolves would have been completely restored, the North American wolf population would have been reconnected from Alaska to Mexico. With completion of these efforts can the conservation and biological value of wolf reintroduction be significant.
Defenders of Wildlife is one of the many participants of The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project that help to increase the understanding of the public about the ecology and behavior of and options to restore gray wolves. This Project is made up of 20 organizations that seek to restore Colorado wolves. For more information about these efforts, view here to learn about The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.
One of the things that would help make wolf restoration in Colorado a success will be to show the public the significance of having wolves in the ecosystem. If you look at most bedtime stories, there you will see just how negatively wolves have been portrayed. It is time that these stories be changed. Retelling of a different and more positive story about wolves is a must for successful wolf reintroduction to take place. The existence of wolves can only be better appreciated and understood with an accurate story about them.
In Colorado for thousands of years, wolves have always been essential wildlife beings. Future generations should be given the opportunity to see wolves roaming around the landscape of Colorado.