CPW says elk carcass indicates likely presence of wolves in northwest Colorado

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- On Monday the Secretary of State announced that voters will decide whether or not to reintroduce the gray wolf to Colorado. The initiative will be on the 2020 ballot. However on Wednesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the wolves might already be here.

CPW officials report a recent discovery of an elk carcass near Irish Canyon. At the site, officers spotted several large paw prints surrounding the carcass. According to wildlife managers, the paw prints are consistent with those made by wolves.

Last October, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say they received an eyewitness report of six large "canids" traveling together, just a few miles from where the carcass was recently found.

CPW officials believe these two incidents strongly suggest a pack of gray wolves may now be residing in Colorado.

"We have received numerous credible accounts that wolves have entered the state of Colorado. This is the first time in recent history that we've received a report of them traveling together in a group or a pack," says Mike Porras with CPW.

CPW has since initiated an investigation into the elk carcass.

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