Wolf spotted near Aspen?

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My sister and I saw a wolf one winter on Cochetopa Pass in SW Colorado many years ago. There was no mistaking what it was.
 

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There's no doubt that wolves wander down to CO occasionally, but I'm skeptical about unverified sightings in extremely popular areas (like Crater Lake). I've just seen one too many coyotes identified as "definitely a wolf" by others to not be a little cynical.

That said, with the much reduced human traffic in the wilderness this year, it may be more likely than usual.
 

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Not to discount the wolf sighting outright because in all likelihood, there are wolves roaming Colorado now, but I have a few mistaken wildlife stories. When I lived in Colorado 30+ years ago, a touron mentioned they had seen a wolf that day. I asked if they were sure it wasn't a coyote, they said they didn't know coyotes lived there.

Just read the article, sounds like there's quite a few wolves in CO now.
 
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A wolf was shot in Southern Utah in 2014, I believe. Near Beaver. DWR verified it. It was believed that it was seen in the Grand Canyon North Rim too. Came 500 miles from Wyoming. They could be anywhere by now.
 

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Another article:


Yamashita said the wolf sightings reported this year to the Glenwood Springs office include one at the Eagle-Routt county line, the western side of Lake County, the Vail area and the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
 

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I was wanting to stay at a resort rental near the wildlands near Targhee (Driggs) partly because all the reviews said they heard wolves every night while there. I know there is at least one pack in the area at Fred's Hill, maybe two.

It then occurred to me that it was very likely people were hearing coyotes and mistaking them for wolves. This dawned on me because last night I heard coyotes howling out my window, and I'm staying in that same area.

Never underestimate your fellow humans' lack of experience, especially with wild stuff.
 

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Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people every year see and often take pictures of bears they are "positive" are grizzlies only to be told or shown they were actually cinnamon/blonde black bears. It's entirely possible these folks saw a wolf but color me quite skeptical as well.

Can wolves learn to live in greater numbers in far more densely populated Colorado? Perhaps, some wolves seem to have succeeded at it in Italy, but the fact wolves are leaving Greater Yellowstone, the greatest mammalian habitat of the Temperate Zone, for points very far afield makes me think it will be an incredible uphill battle with Colorado having nothing remotely like the 22,000,000 acres of Greater Yellowstone. I've seen wolves wander tremendous distances in and around the southern Absaroka. There's just nothing like the biggest sub-range in the Rockies in Colorado. Even the Weminuche is small compared to several wilderness areas in the Northern Rockies.

Rockskipper I hope you can make it to Victor for Music on Main Thursday night.
 

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I was wanting to stay at a resort rental near the wildlands near Targhee (Driggs) partly because all the reviews said they heard wolves every night while there. I know there is at least one pack in the area at Fred's Hill, maybe two.

It then occurred to me that it was very likely people were hearing coyotes and mistaking them for wolves. This dawned on me because last night I heard coyotes howling out my window, and I'm staying in that same area.

Never underestimate your fellow humans' lack of experience, especially with wild stuff.
I've seen some big coyotes in Yellowstone before as well, so I can see how someone would get mixed up when they're not sure of the differences.
 
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