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Wolves Still Federally-Protected, Wildlife Officials Say

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding the public that wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The warning comes as biologists anticipate the canines’ eventual return to the state. Wildlife managers have not yet spotted packs, dens or other signs of wolf populations dwelling in Colorado, but they believe that will change soon. Killing a wolf or any endangered species is a criminal offense carrying penalties of up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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