Colorado plan to reintroduce wolves hits another roadblock as Montana, Idaho likely won’t provide wolves

By Matt Connelly
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Wyoming recently told Colorado that it won’t provide the wolves for Colorado’s plan to reintroduce wolves into the Centennial State. 

Now, it looks like Montana and Idaho are likely to tell Colorado “no” as well. 

According to Cowboy State Daily, “On Friday, Montana officials told Cowboy State Daily that state doesn’t plan to offer wolves anytime soon either, and the response from Idaho was lukewarm as well.”

Spokespeople for Montana and Idaho didn’t provide much hope to proponents of Colorado’s wolf reintroduction plan in their on-the-record responses to Cowboy State Daily:

Any talk about sending Montana wolves to Colorado remains purely “theoretical” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Greg Lemon told Cowboy State Daily.

“We are not in any active negotiations to translocate any wolves from Montana to any other state,” he said.

And there wasn’t any indication Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte had the possibility of sending wolves to Colorado on his radar, Kaitlin Price, a spokesperson for Gianforte, told Cowboy State Daily.

Madison Hardy, a spokeswoman for Idaho Gov. Brad Little, told Cowboy State Daily the same — there hadn’t been any indication about whether Little was considering providing wolves either.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon also recently said Colorado’s plan to reintroduce wolves will result in “more human conflicts.”

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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.