Wolf kills calf in Grand County, CPW says; first confirmed since reintroduction

DENVER (KDVR) — After investigating, Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed Wednesday that a wolf killed a Grand County landowner’s calf on the morning of April 2.

CPW wildlife officers conducted a field investigation before confirming the wolf attack. In the most recent gray wolf movement map update from CPW, the agency reported that no wolves had died and there were no livestock deaths as a result of wolves either.

“The results of this investigation indicated wounds consistent with wolf depredation,” said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Jeromy Huntington. “The field investigation found multiple tooth rake marks on the calf’s hindquarters and neck, and hemorrhaging under the hide, consistent with wolf depredation. Wolf tracks were also found nearby.”

Depredations refers to an act of preying upon or robbery from someone. This is the first confirmed livestock depredation in Colorado since the wolves were reintroduced in December 2023.

“CPW staff will continue contacting producers in the area, and encouraging the use of appropriate non-lethal deterrents available through the agency,” CPW said in its release.

According to CPW, the livestock producer will be eligible for fair market value compensation of the calf if a claim is submitted to the agency. The agency also said it is not allowed to release private landowner information, and the landowner has requested to not be contacted.

Last December, the state agency released 12 wolves into Colorado as part of a voter-approved plan to reintroduce the natural predators into the environment. Officials hope to release between 30-50 wolves in the next five years and have already made plans to relocate wolves from Oregon to Colorado between December 2024 and March 2025.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button