Here it comes Colorado! The feds are considering transplanting the small-statured Mexican wolves in the Centennial State to help the endangered species. Most of you probably knew this was headed your way, but we probably wouldn’t have predicted it would be coming this soon. However, CPW voted to reject the idea and send a message to the feds that they don’t want wolves reintroduced. All reports indicate that the feds probably aren’t listening and may just reintroduce wolves with or without Colorado’s support.
They left one small caveat in their vote though, they won’t oppose migratory wolves from establishing themselves when they arrive. This statement actually carries a small piece of irony in that they really don’t have much of a choice. When wolves who were supposed to stay in Yellowstone migrate south and transplanted Mexican wolves migrate north to meet in the middle the only choice is to come up with a plan for management. The broken ESA will make sure these animals meet and eventually breed and populations will skyrocket in a matter of a few years.
The federally protected animals will have free reign for a few years while CPW works to build and then implement a management plan that should include hunting and trapping. But where does that leave us as hunters who have been or are planning to build points to hunt the largest elk herd in the U.S. or the top B&C mule deer producing state? It leaves us having to take a serious look at cashing in sooner than expected.
As we speak the Colorado MRS is being written and I know that every one of you will probably start taking an even more in-depth look at the charts to find the hunts that you want to apply for. It won’t take long for for migratory wolves to make their presence known, and if the feds choose to supplement that rising population with new wolves from south of the border we could see a repeat of the Yellowstone wolf disaster in Colorado.
Make your voices heard on this issue and make sure you have a strategy to hunt Colorado soon. This has the potential to change the hunting landscape there for years to come!