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First wolf cub since reintroduction confirmed in Colorado in 2023
First wolf cub since reintroduction confirmed in Colorado in 2023

GRAND COUNTY, Colorado – The first confirmed gray wolf cub was born in Colorado since the voter-approved reintroduction in December 2023. According to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the confirmed reproduction means the wolves are officially considered a pack and are named the Copper Creek Pack.

CPW biologists noticed that GPS data from a collared female wolf stopped uploading in early April, but re-uploaded later in the month at a specific location. Because the location had not changed and no data was uploaded, biologists assumed the female wolf was likely in a den. When more evidence supported this conclusion, CPW staff sought to confirm whether there were pups.

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Confirmation was made during routine wolf monitoring efforts, which included aerial and ground observations, remote cameras, public sightings, etc. No photos or videos are currently available.” – CPW

Only one pup has been confirmed so far, but it is entirely possible there are more. Most wolf litters consist of 4-6 pups. CPW will continue to monitor the site to determine if there are more.

We continue to actively monitor this area, using extreme caution to avoid inadvertently disturbing the adult wolves, this cub, or other cubs..” – CPW wildlife biologist Brenna Cassidy

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