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Wolf restoration to be topic of ACES program

Aspen Times Staff Report

The restoration of wolves to Colorado will be the focus of a slide show and lecture on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

The presentation, part the weekly Naturalist Nights program at ACES, is organized by Sinapu, a Colorado group dedicated to restoring wolves to the state.

The slide show and lecture will address concerns of ranchers, conservationists and public land users. It will cover the present status of wolf recovery in the southern Rockies, the reality of living with wild wolves in your “back yard” and the struggle to develop predator-friendly ranching practices.

Early settlers, with the help of the federal government, exterminated wolves from most of the lower 48 states, including Colorado. Sinapu’s director, Rob Edward, said biologists now recognize the essential role wolves and other large predators play in the delicate balance of wildlife populations. Wolves play a vital role in the interactions of many animal and plant communities.

The slide show is free and open to the public. The ACES Hallam Lake Nature Preserve is located at 100 Puppy Smith St. behind the Aspen post office.

The slide show will be followed by an evening snowshoe walk around Hallam Lake and hot chocolate and desserts around the potbelly stove. For more information, call ACES at 925-5756.


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