Monday, January 18, 2016

Should Colorado allow the release of wolves?

Letter to the Editor
The Denver Post 
January 17, 2016
I want to thank Taylor Jones for making the one point I have been trying to explain to all who will listen to me: Colorado needs wolves. Before the gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1994, the elk population was conservatively estimated at about 20,000. Twenty years later, after the gray wolf reintroduction, the elk herd population is now around 5,000 to 6,000, which is much closer to historic levels, and there is a more balanced ecosystem in Yellowstone Park.

Colorado has one of the largest elk populations in the world. According to the 2014 population estimates by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, there are approximately 279,000 elk in the state of Colorado. The beautiful natural habitat of Colorado is in dire need of predators to save it from overpopulation of deer and elk, and there is none better suited to do that than the gray wolf.

Alex Marks, Evergreen