Colorado Spotted

1st gray wolf pups since 1940s seen in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.A state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend with their parents, two adult wolves known to live in the state, Gov. Jared Polis announced…

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has its own very first litter of grey wolf pups since the 1940therefore, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.

A state biologist and district wildlife supervisor each seen the litter of three wolf pups over the weekend with their parents, two adult wolves known to dwell in the country, Gov. Jared Polis announced in a news release. Most wolf litters have four to six pups, so that there might be more.

The discovery comes after Colorado voters narrowly approved a ballot measure last year that requires the state to reintroduce the creature on public lands in the western area of the state at the end of 2023.

Gray wolves lost their national protected status as an endangered species before this year. But they stay protected at the state level, and hunting the creatures in Colorado is illegal. Penalties for violations include fines, jail time and a reduction of hunting license privileges.

“These pups will have plenty of potential mates when they grow up to start their own families,” Polis said in a statement.

Gray wolves have been hunted, trapped and educated into extermination in Colorado at the 1940s.

Officials last year confirmed the presence of a small pack of wolves in northwestern Colorado after a variety of sightings since 2019. The animals were believed to ha

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