For wolf advocate Larry Wiess, the battle to bring wolves back to Colorado isn't just about ecology. It's about challenging more than a century of U.S. wildlife management.

Last summer, the retired animal rights lawyer spent days gathering signatures for an initiative set to appear on Colorado's November ballot. If successful, it could force the state to capture and release wolves in Western Colorado by 2024.

KSJD Local Newscast - Jan. 27, 2020

Jan 27, 2020

For the first time in decades, wildlife officials have found evidence of a wolf pack living in Colorado.

Mike Porras, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said his agency has heard rumors of packs for years. But last October, a group of hunters filed an eye-witness account of six wolves in the wilderness near the borders of Wyoming and Utah. 

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A proposal to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the 2020 ballot.

On Monday, the secretary of state’s office confirmed that supporters exceeded the proposal’s 124,632 signature minimum to secure its place in the fall election. If passed, it would direct Colorado Parks and Wildlife to bring wolves to western Colorado before 2024. 

Advocates in Colorado are trying to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot that would bring gray wolves back to the state. If it passes, how would it actually work?