Denver Zoo helps in park wolf hunt
Aspen, CO Colorado
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. ” The Denver Zoo has set up cameras throughout Rocky Mountain National Park to try to confirm the sighting of a wolf.
Park volunteers reported seeing a wolf on Dec. 4 in the Moraine Park area but the sighting hasn’t been confirmed. Large paw prints typical of a wolf also have been reported.
Park spokesman Larry Frederick says if there is a wolf in the park, it would have to be protected as a member of a federally designated endangered species.
Environmentalists and wildlife officials have said wolves from nearby states would likely cross into Colorado eventually.
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There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.