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Killing Colorado wolf sparks ranchers’ concerns before reintroduction

DENVER (KDVR) – On their ranch in Jackson County, Don and Kim Gittleson woke up to a gruesome scene Sunday morning.

One of their Angus calves, barely recognizable, had been torn to pieces by a wolf.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed wolf kill on Tuesday, marking the first time in decades, according to the Colorado Cattle Association.

“It’s one of those things where you wish you weren’t in that situation,” said Don Gittleson. “That’s what you want.”

Gittleson said he’s left with only a handful of options to prevent that from happening again. Harming a wolf for any reason other than self-defense is still illegal in Colorado. In 2020, Colorado voters approved the reintroduction of the gray wolf, but the state is still sorting out what it will look like.

The wolf or wolves responsible for this murder may have belonged to a small pack known to be living in that part of the state.

“In the current state of Colorado, I am not allowed to harass the wolves,” said Don Gittleson. “That’s the situation we’re in and people don’t quite get it.”

It remains unclear whether the state will allow lethal or non-lethal tactics to protect livestock after repopulation.

CJ Mucklow and Colorado State University’s Regional Extension office are studying those results in other states and plan to present their findings to ranchers at a conference in February.

“There is a compensation program and the rules are written down as we talk,” Mucklow said. “So there’s a lot of unknown right now about how ranchers will be allowed to manage wolves in the future.”

Mucklow said some states allow ranchers to shoot wolves, while others require the tactic of confinement.

“There are a number of attempts to create coyote scare tactics that have shown some effect,” he said. “There are things out there, lethal and non-lethal, that have shown to be effective in a number of situations.”

Don Gittleson said the state needs to make those decisions quickly and fears the wolves will return to his farm now that they’ve successfully killed them.

“What’s happening right now is we have two adult animals teaching their children how to hunt and how to hunt,” he said. “Because I’m not allowed to hate these animals or drive them away, I can’t keep them away from the cows.”

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JACLYN DIAZ

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