Carnivore Restoration News :: Sinapu

Monday, January 10, 2005

Wolf Management Draft Plan To Be Released

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) A draft plan for the management of gray wolves will be presented to the Colorado Division of Wildlife on Thursday.

The plan does not address the issue of whether wolves should be reintroduced to the state, but biologists believe they will migrate into the state from Wyoming in any case.

The plan was put together by a 14-member group that included hunters, conservationists, livestock owners and federal officials.

Details of the plan were not released Monday.

"It certainly could have been better, but it could have been a whole lot worse," said Rob Edwards, director of carnivore restoration for Sinapu, a Boulder-based wildlife preservation group. "There's no place wolves can't go, no limit on the number of wolves, anything like that," said Edwards.

It is expected that ranchers will be allowed to kill wolves attacking their livestock. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month authorized landowners to kill wolves in such situations. Livestock owners likely also will be compensated for losses by wolf predation.

The Colorado plan is a mixture of those in place in northern states, with nothing startlingly new, said Del Benson, a Colorado State University wildlife specialist.

For the time being, federal agencies will manage wolves in Colorado, pending settlement of a dispute between Wyoming and the Fish and Wildlife Service over management of the species.