Hikers claim to spot wolf at iconic tourist attraction in Colorado

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Wolf sightings are on the rise in Colorado amid verification that a pack is roaming a remote area of the state. Since then, a number of people have claimed to have spotted this predator, including multiple instances that involved a wolf-like creature approaching a campsite.

According to Aspen Times, two hikers spotted what they believe to be a wolf, described as a 100-plus pound “beigey-white canid.” At the time of the sighting, they were hiking along a trail at Crater Lake – a route frequented by visitors to Aspen’s iconic Maroon Bells. The animal was briefly spotted before disappearing into the forest.

Hikers claim to spot wolf at iconic tourist attraction in Colorado

A trail alongside Crater Lake delivers great views of the Maroon Bells. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Crater Lake is located further from the shuttle stop that drops visitors to the Maroon Bells off at the edge of Maroon Lake. Crater Lake can be reached via a short hike, feeling much more remote without restrooms and a paved access point.

The first pack of wolves to be confirmed in Colorado for decades was spotted in Moffat County, though another wolf was recently confirmed to be present in North Park. Another credible sighting took place in the Laramie River Valley, though hard evidence has not been found.

Recently, a wolf-like creature was reportedly approaching campsites in Grand County, though lack of physical evidence makes it possible that this was another canid species. Approaching campsites would be odd behavior for a wolf.

Prior to the recent confirmation of a pack, wolves had been eradicated from Colorado for decades.

Generally, wolves avoid humans, making them less of a threat to hikers despite their deadly potential. If you think you’ve spotted a wolf, please fill out this form to make an official report.


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