• Officials in Colorado say three wolves killed in nearby Wyoming last month may be the first to be born in Colorado in 80 years.
  • It is legal to kill wolves in Wyoming but not in Colorado, except to protect human life.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a wolf management and recovery plan in the works to present to the Colorado Wildlife Commission

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — ​​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife says three wolves killed across the border in Wyoming last month are believed to be the same pups that were the first to be born in Colorado in around 80 years.

The wildlife agency said it received reports Oct. 14 that three black sub-adult female wolves were legally killed about 10 miles into Wyoming. The agency added that it followed up with the reporting party and Wyoming Game and Fish Department regarding the incident.

“Based on information that has been provided to us and proximity to Colorado, we believe it may have been part of the North Park pack,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in an email Monday. “It is not uncommon for the North Park pack to travel into and out of Wyoming. Until such a time where CPW can observe this pack in Colorado, no confirmation is possible.”

Reports of the age and color of the dead wolves closely match that of young pack members, and the pack’s known territory includes Jackson County as well as southern Wyoming. The approximately 18-month-old pups would now be nearly full grown.

It is unknown how many of the pack members remain.

Both state wildlife agencies referred the Coloradoan to Wyoming’s 2022 annual report, which will be released in April 2023, regarding further information. That report does not detail individual wolf killings in the state, where wolves can be legally killed year-round without a permit, but does so in aggregate form, per Wyoming law.

It is legal to kill wolves in Wyoming but not in Colorado, except to protect human life.

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What is the North Park pack and why is it important?

The North Park pack consists of a gray adult male and black adult female that naturally migrated into Colorado several years ago. They produced six black pups in late April or early May 2021 in Jackson County, not far from the Wyoming border.