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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado wildlife officials have found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery and asking residents to make room for the wolves.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

An initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office says supporters turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify the measure. The gray wolf has been successfully reintroduced to a number of U.S. states but was eradicated in Colorado in the 1940s. A group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund is campaigning for the plan.

via Colorado Sierra Club

The decision to bring back wolves to Colorado could end up in the hands of the state’s voters next year. An initiative to to put wolf reintroduction on 2020 ballots has garnered momentum and sparked a conversation about the benefits and drawbacks of the animal’s return.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher/National Geographic

National Geographic photojournalists Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s exhibit “Living With Wolves” has been on display at the Aspen airport all winter. They now bring their new book “The Wisdom of Wolves” to Explore Booksellers on Monday.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

This winter, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has launched public awareness campaign meant to familiarize Coloradans with wolves and garner enthusiasm for reintroducing wolves in the state. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Living with Wolves to bring a photo exhibition to a unique setting in Aspen.

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Wolf Project

Montana State Sen. Mike Phillips has been a part of efforts across the country to restore populations of wolves. He was recently involved in their reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park, and is now launching the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, with a goal of bringing the apex predators back to Colorado. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Phillips earlier this month to discuss what wolf recovery in this state could look like.

Courtesy of aspennature.org

After the American wolf population was decimated to levels nearing extinction, there have been significant efforts in recent decades to help restore populations of both red and grey wolves. A lecture Tuesday looks at the future for wolves in Western Colorado.