It's been 50 years since Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, which is credited with helping wolves rebound from near-total extinction in parts of the Northern Rockies and Western Great Lakes regions. Ryan Sedgeley with the Endangered Species Coalition says the decision to reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado - which aims to help the animals continue to rebound by reconnecting throughout their native range - was a democratically driven process, not a top-down decision by the federal government. Colorado voters approved bringing wolves back to the state in 2020, but some members of Colorado's ranching community expressed concerns about the potential loss of livestock. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to release 10 to 15 animals from Oregon on designated lands west of the Continental Divide by the end of December.
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