Wild male wolf walking in the forest in the autumn colored forest Photo Credit: kjekol (iStock).

File photo. Photo Credit: kjekol (iStock).

In case you haven't heard, wolves were spotted in Colorado last year for the first time since the eradication of the species in the 1940s. Since then, very few people have encountered the animals, with some questioning whether or not they were still alive and well.

Video footage captured by local elk hunter Chris Chirichetti II and published by The Denver Post shows that two adults and six pups are still alive, appearing to be well. While a date isn't attached to the footage, it was uploading to Youtube on October 13, 2021.

The sighting reportedly occurred northeast of Walden in Jackson County, which is a similar area to where the wolves had been previously reported to be. Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that the wolves in the video were indeed the first wolves that had been born in Colorado in 80 years.

Shot from the safety of a vehicle, the video captures the group of wolves on the move.

On the extremely rare chance you encounter wolves in Colorado, stand tall to make yourself appear larger and slowly back away while maintaining eye contact. Stay calm and do not run.

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tag soup

A truism about states and wolves is that people like them a whole lot more before they are in a state, and a whole lot less when it actually affects their own lives. Lamas and dog walkers are usually first. Packs are territorial and they rip into some lady's dog while she's out for a walk. Because it's no thread to humans, no one cares, then lots of dogs get torn up and go missing, then it's oh well, too late now. Ranchers will take a big hit, so will commercial outfitters. Best thing though is the dog walkers, drive em back to the city they came from.


Tired of hearing about ranchers taking a big hit when all they need to do is to stop putting a potential food source in a predators habitat.


Great picture at beginning of article - not really; it's a coyote. Shouldn't a news article be accurate?


Thanks for changing the picture after my post. You could have deleted my post though after correcting your article.

C. Crystalline

Aren't you glad we are wasting taxpayer dollars to re-introduce wolves where they already live?


I am! After all, I voted for a population, not a novel pack. After all, we saw what happened to the wolves up near Craig. One step across that border is all it takes. I'd like something a little more robust than that.

It's also worth mentioning, USFWS reports prior to the Yellowstone reintroduction found that reintroducing wolves would be cheaper than managing for a trickle of wolves over a longer period of time.

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