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Gray Wolf Reintroduction Talk has Ranchers Seeing Red

posted May 1, 2018, 8:00 PM by chloe owens

2/7/18, by Scott Condon, The Aspen Times

Gray wolf reintroduction talk has ranchers seeing red

A presentation by an advocate of gray wolf reintroduction in Colorado spurred howls of protest among numerous ranchers and some sportsmen Thursday night at a packed house in Carbondale. Biologist Mike Phillips made the case in his presentation that western Colorado provides the perfect habitat for gray wolves because of vast stretches of public land, abundant prey and substantial support among residents. Phillips led the acclaimed wolf recovery program in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He said Colorado is the critical "arc stone" territory for restoring wolf habitat from the Arctic down to Mexico…A crowd of roughly 300 conservationists, ranchers, sportsmen and even state wildlife officials turned up for a presentation that was sponsored by Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon. Perhaps sensing some opposition to the message, Will Roush, Wilderness Workshop's conservation director, announced to the crowd prior to Phillips' presentation that a panel discussion would be held later this year featuring participants with varying views on wolf reintroduction.